A Yellow Dress for Mother’s Day

Raye Adkins shares a new Mother’s Day tradition.

I wore my yellow dress in celebration of Mother’s Day. It was not my regular Mother’s Day. It was unlike the times I had cherished for the past forty-six years.  The day would be different.  My life was different. I felt different. Missing was my usual anticipation of the day’s events. My former sense of entitlement that accompanied my wondering what gift I would receive was no longer present.  Before it was my day for a well-earned respite. Now the thought of it caused me to sigh.

It was a few days away.  I knew I would receive many greetings of “Happy Mother’s Day” and I needed to extend the same others.  But how, how could I do it?  The question would not leave and frankly I felt nothing but dread.  Just seven months ago, my only child, my dear son had his homegoing.  The voice I had always heard on this special day was forever silent.

I prayed. I needed a way to feel the spirit and gratitude for this great day of celebration-a time for the recognition for the mothers of today and of those who have gone before us.  I asked God to remove the dread from my heart and the stream of tears from my eyes. I sensed the anxiety that family and friends felt for me.  All of it was simply overwhelming.

A few days prior to Mother’s Day, I was in my closet for shoes.  As my yellow dress caught my eye, it appeared to do a two-step dance and say, “Me, take me.”  I frowned as a special memory gradually found its way into my heart. How could I have forgotten?  Grief can easily cloud the joys of memories.

With surprising clarity, I remembered my last year’s Mother’s Day. I recalled the Sunday morning that John walked into church carrying a handful of yellow roses. I was in the choir and could fully see the precious smiles he gave me during the service….Continue reading on InspireMeToday.com.

O. Raye Adkins is an award-winning former public school principal turned nonprofit executive, expert on caring for children facing loss and poverty, and author of the book, Letters To My Father: The Gifts.

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Jane R.
Jane R.2 years ago

I'm sure it's not a very happy day for mothers who lost a child. The same goes for anyone who has lost their mother.

Val M.
Val M.2 years ago


Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago


Deborah F.
Deborah F.2 years ago


Shanti S.
S S.2 years ago

Thank you.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago

I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. Thank you for the article.

Jane H.
Jane H.2 years ago

I always think of Moms who have lost children on Mother's Day---there but for the grace of God go I. I have so much gratitude that my children are alive and healthy, and that we have a good relationships.

JL A.2 years ago