In the weeks after my mom's death, I started to notice something strange in me. Whenever I saw other people with their moms, I felt comforted. I didn't feel jealous or sorry for myself at all! Whenever I heard my friends talk about their own moms, I felt happy.
One afternoon, at Hobby Lobby, I watched a teenage girl grab her mom's hand and do a twirl right in the aisle. The girl was obviously obsessed with dancing and the mom seemed a bit annoyed because the girl was in dance la-la land while she was trying to smell a candle. It was the sweetest thing I'd seen in a while and so naturally, I burst into tears, right there next to the metal baskets.
As I prepared for this year's Mother's Day I decided I wanted to see more of that. I'm asking you to share your special moments with your mom or your own kids this week using the hashtags #AMAMOMCHALLENGE and #LOVEMOM Let's fill social media with pictures of love. Relationships are the most important things in life, let's highlight that. Let's bring attention to what truly matters.
In lieu of buying my mom a gift this year, at the end of the week, my sisters, daughter and I will choose one lucky pair to win a gift card to one of my mom's favorite places. (See full contest instructions here.)
If you don't have a relationship with your mom, I urge you to put aside whatever you need to put aside in order to restore that relationship, even if it seems unfair to you. It's better to be at peace than to be right. I can attest that you will never regret it.
If you don't have a mom, for whatever the reason, I invite you to find someone to spend time with, whether it's a mother-figure or a young person in need of a mother figure. This is about love, not blood.