Adoption Carnival: Mother’s Day

This post was originally published on on May 10, 2010. Republished here with permission.

This month’s Grown In My Heart Adoption Carnival is inspired by Ernest Hemingway.

Once asked to write a full story in six words, legend has it that novelist Ernest Hemingway responded: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

We all know that pictures tell a thousand words.

We’re hoping you can tell us what your picture says in six.

Post a picture of your mother… Include a six word memoir with the picture, describing her/what she means to you.

kathyaward_1967My mom died on May 21, 2009. She was 59-years old. She is the subject of what I consider to be one of my most important posts.

This is my Mom at the Medallion Ball, an event for young ladies who made “valuable contributions through dedicated hours of volunteer service”.

It was incredibly difficult to come up with the six words that fit the criteria – to describe her or what she means to me. This is what I ultimately came up with.

You deserved more. We love you.

If it is in your power, reach out to the mothers in your lives. If you can’t bring yourself to do so, for whatever reason, write down what you would say, if you could. Whether positive or negative, getting the words out can be very powerful. We never know how much time we might have.

On Mother’s Day, I remember the good that my mother did. She was always there when we were sick. Even when I was in my 20s and living on another coast, I would call her when I felt bad, and a lot of the time, she made me feel better. For all her faults, she was still a good mom, and I miss her. I hope she knows that.

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