When Mother's Day... Isn't

I knew something was wrong when I pulled up in front of our house

The street was lined with cars double-parked...
An ambulance sat still and silent in the middle of the street...
Neighbors stood and gathered...

I pulled into the driveway and got out of the car

My neighbor walked quietly over to me and I knew

I could see it in his eyes

"My wife is terminal, so we brought her home to die"

Those words felt like a punch in the stomach

I looked again at the cars lining the street and realized that they had all come home...

all of their kids
and grandkids

had come home for Mother's Day

to be with her when
she died

The next day as my children and I were leaving the house

they laughed
and sang
songs they had learned for their upcoming Christian musical

"Shhhh... get into the car quietly please"

I instructed, as my oldest inquired

"Why do you want us to be quiet?"

and I explained...

people are mourning and
when people mourn
we should be respectful of that fact
by being quiet

And once we were safely in the car I realized
that my 11-year old might actually be smarter than me

as he respectfully asked

"But Mom, if they are sad, shouldn't we actually sing louder?"

And I knew what he was trying to tell me

God allowed the sun to still rise and shine this morning
and He allowed us to rise and shine to still see it so...

"We should not feel the need to dim our lights
just because someone else is having a dark moment"

(After all, isn't that the time when they need to see our light the most?)

Because when Mother's Day... isn't

(maybe, just maybe)

a song
a smile
the sunshine

is the only thing needed to remind someone

that even when it feels like

Mother's Day
really isn't

We're still here

to prove without a doubt
that for today and always

Mother's Day
really is



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