Tagged: Mother’s Day
It’s been 35 years since my daughter, Lydia, was born. It’s been 20 years since her death by suicide. The approach of Mother’s Day has me thinking of these “anniversaries.” How am I to spend these days? My daughter’s birthday marks the anniversary of one of the best days of my life, yet is also weighted with sadness.
Being a mother who has lost a child, holidays like Mother’s Day can be especially difficult.
My mom knew she could be a handful. She had a psychiatrist she would occasionally go to, not for serious therapy – just an occasional pat on the head and some sleeping pills. Each May, as Mothers’ Day approached, she would give me tongue-in-cheek advice on how best to “handle her” on the upcoming holiday.