My family has a tradition on Mothers' Day. We have a barbecue at our house for our mom and my brothers and I do all the cooking. And we always have gifts for my mom. It always goes over really well with mom.
My mom has this tradition of giving Mothers' Day gifts to my sisters-in-law and ME, even though I am not a mom. Every year we joke around that I AM a mom - a cat mom! (I think my mom just doesn't want me to feel left out, which I think is really sweet).
This year, a really great card accompanied the gift my gift and I love the card so much, I wanted to share it with you. I have never, ever seen a card like this. It's basically a Mothers' Day card for non-mothers, and I think it is just so awesome.
When I told my mom how much I loved this card she kept going on about how it's TRUE and that she thinks I am like a mom to everyone - very loving and nurturing.
I have to say, I was just so touched by this, especially since the "child" issue was a sore spot between my mom and me back some years ago. In fact, back then we had a serious, long-lasting fallout over it because I felt she was invalidating the life path I had taken and trying to convince me that I was wrong to not have kids. I finally had enough of it - hence, the fallout. But that was years ago. Now that I am 46, I think she has finally accepted that we are not having kids. More than that, I think she can really see that I am happy in my life and that's what's most important in the big picture. She doesn't need more grandkids (she has 4 already), although I am sure she'd be happy to have as many as she can get. Also, I have noticed that in recent years when I talk to her about being glad I don't have the stresses and problems of people who have kids, I can tell she doesn't disagree with me or give me disapproving looks like she used to. I think she can finally see how much easier my life is because of the choice we have made, and how my life is filled with all the things and people I love. There's no lack in my life and she can see how grateful I am for the great life I have.