In November 2019, we traveled to Louisiana to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday. As I hugged and kissed her goodbye, I never imagined that we were on the verge of a global pandemic and it would be over a year before I saw her again.
I work in senior life and I know firsthand how much pain and loss so many have experienced from the effects of COVID. Not only the heartache for the deceased, but also the precious time we lost with our mothers and fathers through the quarantine. Last year, Mother’s Day was full of uncertainty about the future and separation from those we love. Finding the silver lining is difficult, but I think for myself and for others we now have a greater appreciation for the time we spend with our families.
I finally saw my mother last month. We pledged my brothers to secrecy and made the 10 hour drive to my mother’s house. To say she was shocked to find me on her doorstep is an understatement. Hugging my mother after almost a year and a half was one of the happiest moments of my life.
Fortunately, Mother’s Day looks closer to normal this year. In our plans to celebrate mom, let’s remember those who lost their mothers and mothers who are still here physically but are lost to their families due to dementia. Although we mourn her loss, we can still celebrate and honor her memory.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Lori Williams is the owner of Lori Williams-Senior Services, LLC and hosts the Aging in Style podcast with Lori Williams. Contact Lori at 214-783-1222 or www.loriwilliams-seniorservices.com.