Every year since my mother died Mother’s Day has been bitter-sweet. Everywhere I look people are telling you to get in touch with your mother, let her know how much you appreciate her, and how much you love her. I’m sure there are many people who have lost their mother or perhaps lost a child, or for those who have mother’s who are not someone you really want to thank….you know they are out there….and this holiday is very, very hard for them. Just as it is for me.
This year, Mother’s Day is especially hard for me. This year, I expected to be a mother, a foster-mother yes, but a mother non-the-less. That dream was taken from me this past year, and it won’t be coming back. I’m okay with this decision, but it stings right now.
Mother’s Day is also very hard this year because I lost my little baby girl….yes, I’m talking about Sandy. I know many won’t understand because she was a dog, but she was my baby for 19 years. She was more of a constant in my life than any human. And yes, it may sound silly, but most Mother’s Days I got a card from her and Max. (yes, I’m not delusional, I know Stuart sent the cards, but her little paw print signed it….and I was her mommy.) Stuart would joke around and make a special breakfast for me saying that our children insisted that he do so. Yes, this Mother’s Day will be very hard.
This week Sandy’s memorial bench arrived. It’s sitting on our front porch, but we haven’t been able to inter her remains yet. Yes, that will probably happen this weekend. Her ashes are in a little box, this will be sealed in her special box (where we kept her stuff), with her special blanket, sweater, collar, just little things we think she would have like to have. All of these things will be sealed in an airtight container, then sealed in the bench. In our will we have a provision, when we die we plan to have our ashes mixed, Sandy’s ashes will also be mixed with ours. (Max’s too, but since he is still alive, I don’t want to say things like that.)
Are we strange for caring so much about how our dog is cared for after death? Are we the only ones like this. I hope not.
But I’ve wandered away from the point of this post. For all of those who find holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and even Christmas hard, you are not alone. For all of you who now someone who has a hard time during these holidays, reach out. Everyone needs to feel a little love.