Yesterday, for the first time in a number of years, I got to spend time with my son on Mother’s Day. He’s grown and gone, living a full, productive, happy, rewarding life in Boston.
Down here in NW Central New Jersey, I get to think about him much more than I get to be with him. So this was a very special treat.
On Sunday, May 14, 2017, I spent a few precious hours with my son and was treated to a deliciously rich and well-prepared brunch at the home of his lady love, whom I met for the first time and liked very much.
Still, I guess it’s true what they say about the difference between daughters and sons…you know, how a daughter′s a daughter for the rest of her life and a son′s a son ′til he gets a wife. My experience is limited to being the mom of an only child, a boy, so I know only the wrenching feelings of not being part of a family that includes my little guy anymore.
BUT: My adult son is living a good life, and he’s living it his way. And that is a source of happiness and pride, as well as affirmation that I did my job. In fact, he even inspires me to want to enrich my own life so that it feels full, complete, and rewarding. Perhaps if I work harder at being my best self, that will be my greatest gift to him.
And perhaps my son will find room in his heart to feel a bit of happiness and pride in me as well.
AND, OF COURSE: Happy Mother’s Day to my own mom, who gave me the gifts of life and of being a terrific grandmother to my own “child.”
May the legacy continue.
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