Mother’s Day 2021 will take its place on the short list of most unusual second Sundays in May.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the world, and health experts still pushing social distancing practices, celebrations will certainly be different this year. Unless they form part of a relative’s “double bubble,” many mothers would not get to gather with their children and grandchildren this year.
For the first time in the lives of so many people, the love and care that a mother gives – the very antidote to the frustrations and anxieties that COVID-19 has concocted – may not be available in person.
And I know for a fact that can make times such as these only worse.
However, from my digits to your orbits, if nothing else comes from this pandemic, may every hour, minute and second of the separation during Covid-19,\ lead to the mind-shattering realization that…Time is precious.
Let us recall the children’s book quote: “What’s the best thing about storms? That they end!” Yes, this too will end, but for now being guided by science for safety is our gift to Mom. As challenging as it is to be optimistic during a pandemic, let us each be grateful for what we have. This year, Mother’s Day will not be about wrapping a gift or going out and buying roses.
From henceforth, the great gift of Mother’s Day is that, it will be about meaning and gratitude and appreciation.
Not for a nano second can we disregard the stress that mothers are going through; hence we need to have extra appreciation.
Presently, there is a lot more pressure on women right now to keep all the balls rolling at the same time, even at the risk of forgetting to put on their own oxygen mask first, so that they do not sink emotionally.
Nevertheless, despite the fact that Mother’s Day 2021 will be like no other, due to the isolation measures of the COVID-19 epidemic, now more than ever we owe it to Moms to celebrate their efforts. However, if there is a silver lining to this entire pandemic shenanigan, it is that our recent struggles highlight the extraordinary efforts of mothers, day in and day out.
This is a Mother’s Day like no other, and I sincerely hope that it will be the only one of its kind. At the very least, remember to tell Mom how much you love her — while you still can.
Thanks to all the mothers out there, from the ones caring for complaining kids during curfew to the ones in nursing homes, and the dear ones gone before.