To my Mother…..on Mother’s Day

Even though I am nearly 4000 miles away on the far side if the Atlantic I always think of my family back home, especially my son and my Mam. With today being Mother’s Day in Ireland and the UK but not here in the USA or anywhere else really for that matter my post today is for my Mother. I was on the phone to her earlier for my weekly call and even though we keep in touch with phone calls it’s not the same as just being able to pop around for a cup of tea and make sure everything is okay.

Leanne Billy and Mam
With the 2 most important women in my life, My Mam and my Wife.

Of course with this not being Mother’s Day in the USA it got me wondering why is it different so I had to do some research. Its a bit of a strange one as officially today is Mothering Sunday, and it always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent while in the USA its on the second Sunday in May and is called Mothers Day. Mothering Sunday dates back to the 16th century in the UK while Mothers Day is a quite recent development in the USA. The term ‘Mothering Sunday’ is being lost to time and now the fourth Sunday in Lent is simply referred to as Mother’s Day in Ireland. So when you say ‘Mother’s Day’ you are actually referring to the American version. In the US it falls on Sunday May 8th, ever since President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it so in 1914.

 

Mother's Day
Happy Mother’s Day

But back to the original purpose of this post, my Mother. When I told her of the possibility of me moving to the states last year it was my Mam who told me to follow my dream, live my life and fall in love. It was this support that was a great help all through 2015 as we progressed through the Visa application process and the date to moving got closer. My Mam has always supported me in every decision I have made, including standing with me through my divorce, not an easy thing to do considering the generation they came from marriage was for life, regardless. Now in her 70’s and missing the love of her life, my Dad, as he is in a long term facility with Alzheimer’s, she manages to keep going, always helping others and being a great support to me even though I am 4000 miles away.

So Mam this is for you, Thank you for everything over the last 48 years of my life, especially the last 10, thank you for your support in the difficult years after my divorce, thank you for supporting me in this move across the Atlantic and thank you for being my Mam. Love you and miss you but always think of you.

 

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