Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day 2012 and Missing My Mom

A Mother's Day Message for every day of the year.

When you're a kid you never imagine growing up and having your mother (and father) be gone.  When that time comes it brings a pain that takes a long time to settle into the dull everyday ache of missing someone who was a big part of your life.  My mother died in 1998, and every Mother's Day since then I have given thanks for how blessed I was to have her for a mother.  I hope she's proud of what fine adults all her children have grown into and how much we love each other, and on this day and every day my heart is always full when I think of her.

(The Mother's Day graphic was created by my brother Rand as part of this shareable Facebook campaign for Manduka Yoga.)
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22 comments:

  1. What a sweet post. So sorry for your loss Kalyn...

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  2. Kalyn, I just lost my mother this year (Feb.) so this was the first mother's day without her. Your tribute touched my heart. I do so miss my mother, too. Have a great mother's day. I still did as all my kids remembered and that is quite a feat!

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  3. My dad died in 1998 also and I think of him so often to this day. Thank you for this post and for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  4. You sweet Mom is one in a million!

    If every child was blessed to grow up with a momma like Eula the world would be a much kinder place and have a lot less problems than it does.

    LOVE that lady!

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  5. Thanks for the nice thoughts everyone. And Carol, you are so right. She was really quite amazing.

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  6. I lost my mom in 2001, after she had battled bone cancer for almost 5 years. My mom was smart, funny, warm, sarcastic, down to earth, hard headed but soft-hearted. She started teaching me to cook when I was four, and I inherited her love of good food and the joy you get cooking for those you love. I miss her, particularly on Mother's Day. Thanks for your post.

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  7. Oh Deb, it's such a hard thing isn't it? I'm glad you have so many good memories of your mom.

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  8. Such a lovely heart and sentiment, Kalyn. I was bumping along yesterday, thinking of my mother, who died a year ago - and my gracious stepmother, many years gone now, and feeling so sad, and lonely for their company. You reminded me there are many, many others in the same place. Many thanks and a hug.

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  9. I love your blog and your recipes. I've been reading for awhile, but never commented. I had to comment on this post, it was so sweet & it made me tear up a little. So sorry for your loss...but also glad you have the memory of an amazing mother. Thanks for this post.

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  10. Thanks Lauren. I will never stop being grateful that she was my mother!

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  11. This was my first Mother's Day without my mom who was the foundation of our family. She passed away in September from a procedure that was to take 40 minutes. I found much solace in your post ESPECIALLY because the graphic you posted is exactly what I wrote on our chalkboard in the kitchen. We may have lost them physically but they live in our hearts forever... For a mother's love never dies.
    Thank you for your words and recipes...

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  12. Oh Lee, that is so hard to lose your mom very unexpectedly in that way. I'm glad you liked the post.

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  13. woman&warriorMay 14, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    I'm a long time reader and first time commenter--but thanks for this lovely post. I've was missing my mom all day too. The blogosphere was about wtih picture os moms and kids, and I think for many of us who've lost our Moms, its a day to be grateful for their love and guidance. I had a situation today when I was acutely missing that feeling of knowing someone loves you above all else--like a mother. Thanks for sharing. Your pic was apt--my Mom was always in the kitchen. Its the heart of the house.

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  14. So glad it touched your heart, and thanks for commenting.

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  15. Kaylyn, I knew your mother. I was in the Bountiful 3rd ward and lived just down the street from us. She was a lovely, delightful person and I can understand how you would miss her so much. We had a family home evening with her once and she taught my small children about the temple. We also loved your Dad! Robynne Collins

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  16. Robynne, how nice to hear from someone who knew and loved my parents. They were truly the greatest parents a kid could have hoped for. I feel blessed every time I think of them.

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  17. I just read this today and though it is after Mother's Day I have to tell you that it brightened my mood a bit. My mom has early onset dementia and just turned 57 on Monday so it's a bit like losing her little by little (or in big chunks sometimes). Mother's day and her birthday (actually, all holidays) are difficult because she has no idea and doesn't really respond to us much. She can't even follow the direction when we ask for a hug. But I am still grateful I can hug her even if she doesn't know what is going on anymore. Your post reminded me what she would tell me if she could - that she'll always be with me and so maybe I'm not ever really without her. Hugs!

    Jamie

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  18. Jamie, I'm so glad it brightened your mood. What you're going through with your mom sounds so difficult, sending you a virtual hug!

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  19. I sure do appreciate mine. Wishing you peace.

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  20. I think we're about the same age and my mom died when I was 16. While it's hard to lose your mother then, I think it must be even harder when you're older if only because she's always been there. I do think that those of us who lose our mothers young miss so much, if only knowing them as adults.

    It's been 47 years and I still think of her nearly daily.

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  21. Yes, it sounds like we're about the same age, and I can't imagine being without my mom for so long. My heart goes out to you for that. And I miss my mom every day as well.

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