Sunday is Mother’s Day.  So many of my friends and fellow travelers lost their Moms last year, and they will experience this Mother’s Day for the first time without their Mom.  In their honor, and to honor my own Mom who passed from Alzheimer’s, I share this beautiful post by Jessica Wolstenhom.  Jessica is an author and freelance writer who blogs about motherhood and life at laura photo with mom and labels

“To all those who still have their mothers:

Whether you walk extremely close or there’s a valley of difference between you, reach out to your mother this week.

Whether you see eye to eye or you can’t agree on much of anything, look your mother in the eyes if you can and tell her how special she is.

Whether she’s loved you well or lacked in affection, tell her how much you appreciate her and linger in love through words or embrace.

Whether she’s been your role model or she’s shown you what not to do, tell her how much you’ve learned from her.

Whether she’s been a near perfect mother or a much less than perfect one, she’s still here and that fact alone leaves so much potential for you both.

Call her, embrace her, surround her with your love whether it comes easy or along with tons of baggage.

Reach out for reconciliation if you are estranged.

Reach out in compromise if you are indifferent.

Reach out with time and attention if you are busy.

Reach out with affection if you are reserved.

Reach out with generous love even if you already do it regularly.”

This time last year, many would have never dreamed that they’d be spending Mother’s Day without their mom.  Please don’t let another moment go by without connecting with yours.

-Laura Farmer, President & CEO, Susan G. Komen San Diego