If Mother’s Day is here, then Father’s Day can’t be far behind. On both days, Daddy’s absence will be keenly felt, more so than usual. If you lost a parent in the last few years, you know the feeling.
I give thanks that I was born to my warm, loving, smart and funny mother, who is still very much with us. Before long, she will be closer still, when she relocates from Atlanta to Virginia. And I’m thankful that we had Daddy with us for so many years. I’m immensely grateful for the happy, comfortable life my parents worked so hard to build together, primarily for my benefit.
And on this first Mother’s Day without Daddy, I say a prayer for my mother, and for all the mothers, young and old, who are facing yet another day without their partner.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1965
On the steps of my parents’ married housing apartment at UNC
For so long, it was the three of us. Now we’re two, but our hearts are fuller because we carry Daddy with us always.