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Talking it over: Happy Birthday, Mom

I woke up quite early on Monday morning and as I tried to get back to sleep, it occurred to me that it would have been my mom’s birthday that day. I couldn’t come up with how old she would have been but I knew that I had enjoyed celebrating the day with her for nearly fifty years of my life. I wish I could spend just a few more birthdays with her.

This made me think about how important it is to celebrate those big days with the people you care about. Even if it isn’t on the day, it is important to observe it at some point. My friends often joke with me that I celebrate my birthday for a week or even a month because there are several different parties or simple luncheons with different people in observance of the day. I love the month of June because I get to spend time with those I care about because of my birthday.

I also had to remember some of the fun times my family had when getting together for my mom or dad’s birthday, anniversary, mother’s day and father’s day. There were also the normal holiday gatherings, again not always on the day, but we managed to get together as a family for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter every year. These gatherings always involved food, games and lots of laughter.

I tried very hard to pass along to my own children how important it is for families to get together and celebrate these special days. Missing even one opportunity to spend that time with your parents, siblings and even aunts, uncles and cousins, is tragic. Especially after they are gone forever. You can never bring those times back again.

This year and every year on Mom’s or Dad’s birthdays, mother’s day and father’s day and all the other holidays, I will take a few minutes to think about my loved ones who are no longer with us. Even though I miss them so much, I am comforted by the fact that I spent time with them on these special days and made many great memories along the way. I also know that I helped make the day special for them too.

So, happy birthday Mom. I miss you so much and wish I could continue to spend the day with you. However, you are in my heart and mind all year long as each and every holiday passes by.