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A Yellow Dress for Mother’s Day

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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10:25PM PST on Dec 23, 2013

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1:56PM PDT on May 20, 2013

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.

2:57AM PDT on May 17, 2013

Thanks

10:57AM PDT on May 16, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:01PM PDT on May 13, 2013

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1:01PM PDT on May 13, 2013

thanks.

10:32AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you.

10:22AM PDT on May 13, 2013

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

10:11AM PDT on May 13, 2013

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.

9:30AM PDT on May 13, 2013

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