What a difference a year makes.

I am happy to say that this Mother’s Day will be very different than last year’s. On that high holy day we were all still in hibernation- I saw my own mother from behind a closed door, masked and distanced. This year I am happy to say we will all be vaccinated except for my youngest who is not yet eligible. Once again, there will be a day at Great Adventure, and a lovely meal spent with family.


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I know I will appreciate the time together like never before.

Mother’s Day has always been a day of reckoning for me as well as fun. I like to take stock of where I am with the kids, what’s going well, what’s not, and what I can do better.

Okay, I spend about ten minutes on that, the rest is fun.

This year I am thrilled to say both boys are doing really well, and this coming off a year of semi-quarantine. Both boys adapted to full and part-time virtual school, and Justin in particular acclimated to not participating in his beloved outings he worked so hard to be able to do. The boys’ schools were amazing with their instructional support, and I am happy to say as they’ve slowly gone back to more traditional schooling there have been very few outbreaks at their respective schools, so our family has felt safe in sending them back. All in all, since last Mother’s Day things have gone as well as could be expected.

Given the circumstances, I can’t ask for anything more than that.

This Mother’s Day will once again feel more “normal,” albeit our new normal. I know I will spend a few moments thinking about the days they were born, and will share those moments with both boys as my youngest rolls his eyes. I will share with them that being their mom is the most important thing I will ever do. I will tell them I’m so proud of both of them, for their inherent kindness and tenacity of spirit and the way they never give up when it comes to achieving a goal that’s important to them.

I will tell my boys I hope the world gives them everything they wish for, but that they truly earn it.

For my eldest I wish for a safe and fun place for him to eventually live, days filled with some kind of work or volunteering and the outings he so enjoys.

For my youngest I wish all “typical” milestones of college, love and independence, not because I wish them for him, but because he desires those things for himself.

I will tell them until my dying breath they will always have my support, my understanding, and my love.

I will do anything in my power to see them both happy, and safe.

Thank you for making me a Mom, I love you both so much!

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