If you ask mothers what they want for their children, most would say, “I just want them to be healthy and happy.” Truly, isn’t that what we all want?
And so we do everything in our power to make this wish come true. We love, we nurture, we make sacrifices, and we go to the ends of the earth to try to achieve this goal for our children: to be healthy and happy.
But sometimes we come up short. Because as much as we like to think otherwise, so much of life is out of our control. Sometimes our children aren’t happy, and sometimes they are not healthy. And sometimes, as hard as we may try, there is nothing we can do to make things better for them. Whether they are suffering from mental illness or physical illness, all we want is for them to be okay.
We are in our own little club, we mothers. I don’t know about you, but anytime I hear a story of sorrow on the news, or read of tragedy in the newspaper, I rarely think of the victim. Instead my first thought is always, “That poor mother.” Because there is no stronger emotion than the love of a mother for her child, we feel deeply when other mothers are suffering.
And so on this Mother’s Day my wish is for all mothers out there to have happy and healthy children. And if that’s not where you’re at right now, I wish you the strength to carry on toward that goal.