As it’s Mother’s Day in Australia today, I am sharing Marie Ennis-O’Connor’s deeply touching “When Mother’s Day Hurts”, which she posted on Ireland’s Mother’s Day this year and has kindly agreed to me reblogging today. (2016 addendum: Here’s the link to Marie’s equally moving 2016 When Mother’s Day Hurts post – unfortunately Marie’s 2015 Mother’s Day post appears to have been taken down, but I have left my response up as I think it still has value. Another relevant post from Marie is Missing my mother on her birthday)
Marie’s reflections are a poignant reminder that Mother’s Day can be a painful time for many for all kinds of reasons. Some of us will feel conflicted, celebrating one or more aspects while grieving on another.
Marie’s post also reminds me of the power of sharing stories.
Today as I pay loving tribute to the mothers in my life, I also honour my mother-in-law, who died last year, and my grandmothers, who died in 1994 and 2001. And while I celebrate the absolute good fortune of being a mother to a wonderful 14 year-old son, I well remember the difficult and painful years of subfertility and pregnancy losses.
If Mother’s Day acts as a painful reminder for you, my thoughts are also with you today.