Over60 community member Jenny Bush shares this poignant poem on Mother’s Day.
“I have been thinking about all the mothers out there for whom Mothers’ Day is a source of disappointment and quite often a day filled with a sense of loss and hurt. I have written this poem for those of us who miss what the special day used to mean in our lives.” – Jenny Bush
A Mothers’ Day Lament
Reflecting on Mother’s Days of yesteryear
My heart laments with a silent tear
Of the significance of what that day used to be
And the profound impact it had on me.
Cherishing time spent with my Nan and my Mum
Never dreaming that the day would eventually come
When neither were here to share the day
To feast with us and watch kids at play.
Our whole family would gather and have so much fun
Quite often on picnics – enjoying the sun.
With aunts and uncles and cousins too
But life was simple back then, it’s true.
Life now moves on at such a fast pace
And every day it seems like we are running a race.
People are so busy doing this and that
There is so little time to sit, and simply chat.
For many reasons families can be torn apart
Quite often resulting in a broken heart.
There is commercial pressure to buy Mum something new
Causing some to resort to writing an I.O.U
Many mums now spend the day alone
For some it’s a quick chat with family by phone.
And some celebrate with friends who are on their own too
While accepting that life’s ways are now all new.
I will miss my mum and my nan this Mothers’ Day
But I am so grateful for memories of the special way
We used to celebrate their love and care for us
Which was usually given with a minimum of fuss.
I am sad for the customs we seem to have lost
With the emphasis now placed on the financial cost.
Progress is great in so many ways
But oh how I sometimes miss “the good old days”.