Sunday, May 11, 2008

unmothers

I woke up at four o’clock this morning to get Twin A. a cough drop and had a hard time going back to sleep.

I prayed for Leslie, who would covet all of your prayers, today and in the days to come.

And it’s Mother’s day. I thought about that too. For many, this is not an easy holiday. I thought of those women in the night too. Grieving mothers. Women who long to be mothers but aren’t, for one reason or another. Mothers who have lost children. Children who have lost mothers.

These unmothers are on my heart this morning. I was one of them for so long, I’m not sure I’ll ever completely shed that feeling of not belonging on a day like today. As I go to church with my three sweet boys, I’ll be on the lookout for someone to encourage. Someone who is longing to have a conversation that has nothing to do with motherhood or babies or their own mother.

And this afternoon? I’ll take a long nap. I’ll enjoy a nice dinner with our extended family, and then I’ll sneak out for a movie with a friend. That really is my favorite way to spend mother’s day…or any day, for that matter.

Enjoy your day too, if you’re a Mom. And if you’re one of the unmothers who’s reading this? Know that you’re not forgotten today.

3 comments:

spaghettipie said...

I love your heart here! It reminds me of our sermon today in church, which I'll post about later. Our pastor shared with us the origin of Mother's Day - how it was not so much about being thankful for/honoring our mothers, as it was about a woman who wanted to share her heart for reconciliation.

And Happy Mother's Day to you!

chrissy said...

So beautifully put! You have such a sweet spirit and an awesome heart, Well done, great post and Happy Mother's Day to you!

Llama Momma said...

SP -- Sounds like a great mother's day sermon! I know this post was unconventional, but it's what was on my heart all day. So there you go...

Chrissy -- Thank you! Happy mother's day to you too!