As I sit here writing this, I am thinking about the frustrating evening that I had with Mom. Nothing earth shattering or extremely stressful, just frustrating. I am also thinking about the fact that for the last week I have been struggling to find a way to remove my mother from my daily life. I love her but I don't want to do this anymore.
But, I am also thinking about the people in my life who are dealing with their own challenges. I am touched by my extended family, who spent yesterday honoring their amazing mother, who passed 2 years ago. I am praying for my friend, whose mother's health is fragile and is facing a future of doctors and waiting lists. My heart is breaking for the friend whose family is grieving the unexpected and tragic death of their mother, who passed over the weekend. I am remembering all of the many people who lost a mother recently, or years ago, but miss her each and every day.
This frustrating and painful journey that I am taking with my mother does not lessen the compassion that I feel for your losses and worries. I see the irony of trying to remove my mom from my life, while others grieve the loss of a mother from theirs. I pray that we all find strength to handle our struggles and comfort during our time of grief.