I’m really not as grumpy as I’m about to sound right now.
But cutesy quotes can be so annoying.
I used to love cutesy phrases and sayings.
When I was a teenager, I plastered them all over my school folders.
Quotes such as, “Train your mind to see the good in everything,” and “When it rains look for rainbows…” were written in lovely script on pocket folders for every class.
I think that I was trying to BE positive.
See the glass as “half-full.”
Not a bad thing.
But, I was young and not totally realistic about adult life.
So fast foward to this Mother’s Day 2018 –
As I flipped through Facebook, a light-hearted cutesy quote grabbed my attention:
“Only the best moms are promoted to GRANDMA.”
Some of you won’t need to read any further.
You immediately understand.
Some people have the good fortune to never feel a twinge of pain reading this saying.
For others of us, this light-hearted quip STINGS. Feels like a bee bite.
When you lose a daughter or son, as a child, you lose the opportunity to have grandchildren.
And quotes like this one aren’t so fun, are they?
Am I advocating for the banning of all cutesy Mother’s Day quotes and even cards?
I am advocating for us to be sensitive to the life circumstances of others around us.
Let’s be aware that “life isn’t a bowl of cherries” for all moms.
I’m so grateful to my friends who sent me texts/messages this Mother’s Day. Several friends acknowledged that, while the day brought me joy as I celebrated my son, it also brought pain as I reflected on losing my daughter.
Sweetness and bitterness together.
My friends’ kind words uplift and shape my view of the world so much more than any cutesy quote ever can! Thank you!