To be honest, I was not looking forward to today. I just assumed that Mother’s Day without Julia and the Girls would be very lonely. To a certain extent I was right, but all in all, the day has been much better than I anticipated. I have always enjoyed Mother’s Day. It seemed like a real holiday. It was a special time to honor our mothers and for us guys, the mother of our children. I always used to love going out to dinner with my mom and seeing her smiling face. I liked getting cards and gifts, whatever was appropriate and I could afford at the time. When Julia became a mother with Jennifer, most of my attention switched from my Mom to her on Mother’s Day. When I would think of all that she did and how much she worked, I thought we should have Mothers Month. Even that wouldn’t be enough to honor most mothers that I know.
When Jennifer and then Lisa became mothers, once again I would just watch in amazement at all they did. I’m sorry guys, I just don’t think we could handle it all. I know that some of you do, but for the most part I don’t believe we have it in us. What all I see mothers do on a daily basis I wouldn’t want to attempt. Jennifer and Lisa both in their own way have taken after Julia as a mother. They each have many of her traits. Although they might not see it sometimes, I can see it pretty easily.
In my opinion, Julia was a great mother. She loved her girls, and was like a lioness whenever it looked like anyone was mistreating them. She was the cement that kept our home together when I was out flying all over the world. It never failed that most of the biggest problems always occurred when I was out of town. But she was self-assured enough to handle the problems. At the same time, she was always selling herself short as a mother. I had to constantly tell her what a good job she was doing. She so wanted to get it right, and when she blew it. (We all do sometimes) she would just be devastated. I can remember many nights just putting my arms around her, loving her telling her what a good mother she was. Her love for the girls and then her granddaughters was overwhelming. I know that she would do anything for them at any time they needed her. One of her love languages was acts of service and she was always there to help move, or sew or hang pictures or paint. I know that she is going to be greatly missed as Lisa moves this summer. If Jennifer moves to a different house, she will be just as missed. Saying that, I know that she is missed tremendously right now by all of us. I’m just thinking of the tangible things that she is not here to do.
So, on this Mother’s Day, 2010 I honor you Julia. I honor you for all you were to me and to our girls. I thank God for having you in my life and being the mother of our children. I know that you are looking down and loving us, but we miss you. We miss being able to hold you and hug you. We miss your smile, your laugh and your love. We miss your encouragement and your discerning wisdom. My prayer is that my granddaughters will grow up to live and love like you did. I pray that your ceiling will truly be their floor. This is short tonight, but fitting. I honor you Julia, love of my life and mother of our girls. Happy Mother’s Day!