Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.


May 9, 2009

A Mother's Day Birthday

I'm going to be on the road this weekend, as it's my cousin's Confirmation and she's asked me to be her sponsor (boy, if she only knew how unworthy I feel to stand up there!). Anyway, tomorrow I'm going to be on the road, and my parents are on the road for another family member's college graduation, so I won't be able to be with my mother on Mother's Day. Now, every few years, my birthday falls on Mother's Day, and this year (25!) happens to be one of them.

As a child I always thought that by this age I would be three kids in...but while that hasn't happened yet, I am fully aware of the blessing that I have as a teacher to exercise my "spiritual motherhood" with 100 beautiful "daughters" a year.

This year though, I'm particularly aware of my relationsip with my own mother. Our relationship has been anything but easy, but as we both grow older, our connection is deepening and our understanding of the other as a complex, unique, and beautiful woman is growing. I am so blessed to share this day with my mother, and even though we'll be apart, I'm know that a mother's love surpasses proximity to her children.

I am so grateful for the gift of life. Thanks, Mom!

2 comments:

Shannon said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear one!

Margaret Perry said...

There's always tension between mother and daughter--as we try to figure out who we want to be, and they see us making some of their same mistakes--but you're right: in these mid-twenties, having a Mom to talk things through is such a joy!

Happy brithday, J!

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