Mothers Day. A day where your husband makes you breakfast in bed, your kids shower you with homemade cards and you post on Facebook how perfect your life is.
Except for when it isn’t perfect. This is for the moms celebrating an imperfect holiday.
This is for the ones struggling to celebrate at all.
This is for the single moms who had to get up and make their own breakfast, and who may not have gotten a present today.
This is for the moms whose kids live far away from them, so they don’t get to see them.
This is for the people who have lost their mom and spend this day grieving.
This is for the motherless moms, who are struggling to celebrate with their own children while grieving the loss of their mother.
This is for the forgotten moms. The ones who lost a child and are no longer told Happy Mother’s Day.
This is for the moms who have lost a child and have living children who will always struggle with their loss.
This is for the moms that have lost their husband and spend this day grieving the loss of the person who made her a mother.
This is for the foster moms, adoptive moms and stepmoms, who sometimes feel that this day isn’t for them.
This is for the single dads, who don’t get enough recognition.
This is for the women who are struggling to conceive and are reminded today that they are not the one thing they are dying to be.
This is for the moms of sick or disabled children who don’t get one day to relax.
This is for the new moms who are realizing that Mother’s Day may not be everything they dreamed of.
This is for you.
Whether you need to laugh or cry, be alone or to surround yourself with people, do something for you. I see your hard work.
I see the glimpse of sadness in your eyes before you shake it off with a smile. You are not alone.