One of my weekly rituals every Sunday morning is to call my mom. After I’ve got the kids settled with their breakfasts, I pour my coffee and find a nice comfy place to curl up, pulling my feet underneath my bottom, and I call my mom.
I don’t just call her on Sunday mornings, my mom and I call each other at least a few times a week. It’s rare for us to go longer than three or four days without talking. This morning Ifelt expecially pulled to our Sunday morning rituals.
Why this morning? Well, my week had flown by. I’d been preoccupied with winter break ending, getting the house back into the school week routine, entertaining the kids with crafts and activities since we’ve instated the no TV on school days rule in our house, and preparing for Marley’s IEP to dispute the ridiculous recommendation that, “she is a visual learner… Braille should be considered when she reaches second or third grade where she will need to read for longer periods, smaller text, and for content and speed…””
So you see how it was easy for me to let the week fly by without calling my mom. I also completely forgot that she’d told me about a procedure she would be having on Thursday. While I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off on Friday morning getting the kids and myself ready, and waiting for my husband to get off of a 24 hour shift so that we could drop the kids off in time at a friends house before Marley’s IEP, my mom called me.
Hearing her voice on the other end, I stopped in my tracks, sat down, and gave her my full attention. It was a simple precautionary procedure. However, given our family history, it was difficult to stop those fearful thoughts from flowing.
Here I am just a few months shy from turning 32. I think about so many women my age who lost their mothers too soon. My own aunt, lost her mother, my grandmother, when she was just 22.
Then there are those who’s mother’s are perfectly healthy and even live just a few miles away from them, who choose not to have a relationship with them.
Whatever the reason, whatever the distance whether it may be miles or years between you. Every mother deserves to have that weekly phone call from their child. This is the woman who gave everything for you. This is the woman who sacrificed her body for you. This is the woman who cried when you cried, kept you warm, nourished you both physically and emotionally, this is the woman who gave you life.
So… if you haven’t done so yet, call your mom today and tell her these two things. “Thank you,” and, “I love you.”
Oh, and while you’re at it, call your dad too.