Mother's Day

In 1959 Mother’s Day was celebrated on May 10.  I was 3 1/2 months old and had been admitted to hospital two days earlier for tests on my kidneys, bladder and stomach due to concerns about celiac disease.  I would remain in hospital for almost a month and, two days after my release, I was placed on probationary adoption with the couple who were to become my Mom and Dad.

I imagine my birth-mother may have shed some tears on that Mother’s Day morning. She was likely also busy with her four-year old son, my brother, and that may have kept her mind occupied though.

I wonder what my adoptive mother was thinking on that morning, too.  Did she know that in a few weeks she would hold me in her arms and celebrate Mother’s Day a little late that year? Or was she letting the day go by silently, with a phone call to her own mom, but ignoring the grief in her heart that another year had gone by without a child to call her own?

I was likely confused and afraid as I cried alone in a hospital crib.  First taken from my birth-mom and handed over to a foster mom, then taken from her and left alone in a sterile hospital environment with no mother’s arms to comfort me, I am convinced that at some level I grieved the losses that I had already endured in my brief life. 

Depending on one’s point of view, Mother’s Day in relation to the subject of adoption can be a day of great joy or a day of deep grief.  I am thankful that it is possible for me to see through the grief to a place on the other side where blessing awaits.

My birth-mom, despite giving up three babies to adoption, raised a fine son on her own.

My mom adopted two daughters and lived long enough to become a grandmother of two.

And that little baby who was alone and afraid in a hospital crib on that Mother’s Day in 1959?  She is a proud mother and grandmother today and blessed abundantly!

  1. Brought tears to my eyes! That was a beautiful piece!

  2. Oh Linda, you’ve touched my heart. You have an amazing gift to be able to look at all sides of this, in a a warm and affirming way. Happy Mother’s Day, my friend!

  3. I love this post.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you : )

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