Memories are tricky. They are beautiful and wonderful and sometimes sad. I’ve been flooded with memories recently as we experienced a death in the family. It’s startling and saddening when you’re faced with never seeing or talking to that person again. You yearn to be close again so you travel through your memories - you pull out old photos, or you play that one saved voicemail message repeatedly. Nothing fills the void but the memories and mementos all of a sudden become even dearer.
Mother’s Day is coming up and it’s the perfect time to make memories. Memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime and you may even revisit when a lifetime comes to an end. Sometimes the extra nudge of a holiday is what we need to carve out time and let those we love, know that we love them. My daughters have set the stage for many great Mother’s Days. In fact, as I was digging through my keepsakes this morning, I came upon a PowerPoint dedicated to me, created by my eldest daughter. She was just learning PowerPoint in school and she put together a slideshow in honor of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. When I received it many years ago, it brought me joy and as I stumbled upon it this morning, it nearly brought tears to my eyes. The sentiment was sweet and the preciousness of that time of her life was overwhelming. She’s all grown up now and is an extraordinary young woman. We’ll get to spend another Mother’s Day together and for that I’m very grateful. However, I’m pretty sure there will be no PowerPoint ode this time around. ;-)
When we celebrate Mother’s Day this year, we’ll have our phones to snap obligatory photos but what else? Maybe I’ll bring out the recorder and collect some stories. I’ve recorded my mom’s story (as much as she’d share) and my mother-in-law and I have been attempting to set a date for a recording. In fact, maybe Mother’s Day would be the perfect time. Her stories are remarkable. She’s an Arizona native and holds wonderful memories about not only her experiences but also about the growth and change of this area that we love so much. If she doesn’t have a couple of hours to sit down during Mother’s Day, it’s tempting to think that it’s something we’ll just get to “later.” The tricky part of “later” is that sometimes it doesn’t come. That reality is made so crystal clear when someone close to you passes away.
What will you be doing this Mother’s Day? Do you have special plans to honor your mom? Will you make something or create something that will grow even more precious with time? Or perhaps your mother has passed away. In that case, what do you do? How do you choose to remember her and keep her memories alive?