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Mother’s Day

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Eleanor in London

Cynical me: I used to think of Mother’s Day as one of those fake holidays made up by Hallmark Cards. Not anymore. Perhaps because I am either old or “approaching old age,” I now find it very hard to be cynical about anything having to do with family. In fact, my family nowadays is the only thing I do take seriously – not money, not politics, not social status …nothing.

Mother’s Day last Sunday was particularly joyful for me because both my son and daughter and their families drove down from New York (my son) and northern New Jersey (my daughter). It is fairly rare these days that both families come to our house on the same occasion. Also my sister and her family were there as well as a couple of my cousins.

I spent much of the time with my grandchildren, either playing ball or taking their pictures. I also took pictures of my sister and her daughters and grandchildren. A couple of days later, my son sent me a message asking why there were no pictures of Mom (my wife). I thought about it and decided that it must have been because she spent most of the time in the back where it was sunny while I stayed on the shady front porch. In any case, I was upset that on Mother’s Day, I hadn’t included a picture of my wife in the album I had put on-line and sent to family and friends.

I know that I have a great deal to be thankful for – two wonderful children and four terrific grandchildren. But the person I am most thankful for is my wife, Eleanor to whom I have been married for forty-seven years. Besides giving me loving children, she has put up with my moodiness, anger, impatience and a lot more. She has seen me through one serious surgery and at least two episodes of depression. I sometimes wonder why she doesn’t leave me, and I am so thankful that (as of yet) she hasn’t. It may sound sentimental, but I guess it must be love. And I  know that I love her more than ever.

I think my cousin David, who has struggled for decades with a debilitating disease, put it best in an email he sent me the day after Mother’s Day:

You truly do not have to travel far and wide to see and experience beautiful sights. These photos capture the most precious and magnificent images of beauty there is- your family. Your family right there in and outside of your house. What a lovely [Mother’s Day].

Amen.

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