Mother's Day: something to take more seriously now that we are in a pandemic that's attacking the boomer generation

It’s all over the news: the baby boomer generation has been among the hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are calling it the boomer killer.

Whatever it is, there has never been a moment when we need to celebrate Mother’s Day with more sincerity. We live in uncertain times with governments changing opinions every day as medical personnel grapple with the daily realities of this awful disease.

Mother’s Day has been around since about 1914.

It was brought about as a way for mothers to deal with the losses of war, by a woman named Anna Jarvis. However, it soon became a commercialized event, with the sales of flowers increasing year after year on this day. The white carnation became a symbol of motherhood and to this day, is still the highest-selling flower on Mother’s Day.

“The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying."-Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day

But, in our present times, for some, flowers will just be a memory of what they received in past years.

The freedom of being able to hug, kiss, and shower our mothers with affection this year is not possible for everyone, as there are so many restrictions in place that prevent it.

This year, the fact that we can’t do these things makes it look like maybe we took it all for granted in the past.

Just think; without your mother, you would not be here, enjoying life. Whether she was close to you as a child, or not, you could not exist without her. It is a very fascinating thing to imagine that once, you did not exist. It was just her and your father. You weren’t even on their minds.

But, when you were born, everything changed.

“I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” -Mitch Albom

Some people say that being a mother is the greatest calling on earth; they say there is nothing quite like the feeling of holding your own child in your arms.

One day, your mother gave birth to you and made you a part of this planet, whether you wanted to be or not. Even if you cried and screamed about how unfair it was to be taken out of your safe place, Nature forced you to breathe air.

We tend to take these things for granted. We forget that we had to learn how to walk, that we were not able to speak clearly for a few years after our birth, that we basically needed to be cared for and cossetted because we were so fragile.

“The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” -Elaine Heffner

But, right now, we are in the middle of a pandemic. Chances are, if your mother was born after 1945, at the end of World War II, you are very concerned about the fact that she can catch the coronavirus if she’s exposed. Because the truth is that it is possible.

So, take the time to call her and tell her you appreciate and love her. It’s the least you can do, seeing as in most places, quarantine measures are still firmly in place in order to protect the most vulnerable. This is completely understandable, although many of us find it hard.

To all the mothers out there who are sitting at home in quarantine, unable to visit their families: You are very special. All the best of health to you and continue to stay home!

Stay safe XXXX.

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