Friday, May 8, 2015

It's That Time of Year Again

Y'all, this weekend is Mother's Day. I like the idea of Mother's Day. I have a mother that deserves to be recognized, and some amazing grandmothers. I have many friends that are amazing mothers, and I think that should be honored. I just hate that in practice, it becomes such an excruciating day for so many. Whether you're hurting because you've lost a mother, because of a poor mother/child relationship, because you've lost a child or children, or because your arms are empty and aching, or whatever your reason is, hey, let's ratchet it up a notch or a hundred.

Thankfully, for me personally, things aren't quite as raw as they have been some years, but I admit that Mother's Day can sometimes bring it all back on in a heartbeat. I dread going to Mass. Any other day is fine, but Mother's day is a problem. I'll go to the early Mass, be at the back door by the blessing, and out a little early. Sorry, but that's what it takes. I think that I will be relatively okay for the rest of the day, though. I'll be talking with my mother and otherwise I will be insulating myself in my home most likely.  I will avoid f.acebook like the plague.

Anyway, I don't say this to try to sound pathetic (though maybe I am). I just want to say that I know that there will be a lot of you in a lot of different situations that are going to be hurting this weekend, and I will be thinking of you and praying for you. There are also a lot of you that have a lot to celebrate this weekend, and I am so happy that there is reason to rejoice this weekend as well.

7 comments:

  1. Prayers to you, I may have to use that tactic.

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  2. I agree...the emotions surrounding Mother's Day are just so complicated! I love my mom, and I will celebrate her, but that blessing at Mass is hard. This year I have to play organ for Mass, so I shouldn't feel as awkward when I have to stay sitting while everyone else stands up. I can pretend it's because I am getting ready to play the closing hymn. :) Know that I will be praying for you, and all those women hurting this weekend.

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  3. I'll be praying for you, and thank you for thinking of others who will be struggling this weekend too.

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  4. I will be praying for you this weekend. We are going to Mass at our usual time and I love that they don't do the whole hoopla at the Extraordinary Form. Afterwards we are going out for ice cream and watching Fr. Brown mysteries on pbs.

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  5. I'm right there with you. I've managed to be at Masses that didn't do the "Stand up if you're a mom!" thing the last few years, which has been nice. We'll see what tomorrow brings (being in the choir makes it difficult to skip out a little early...haha). Hey, you might enjoy this article I just came across today (which also discusses the origins and creator of Mother's Day): http://www.patheos.com/blogs/michellearnold/2015/05/the-bitter-spinsters-guide-to-mothers-day/

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  6. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, and hope Mother's Day is easy on your heart too!!! We went to Latin Mass, so it was beautiful and lovely. Also I studied all day, so I was pretty disctracted. God Bless!!!!

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  7. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

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