Springtime Brings Mixed Feelings
When I was a single mom of three young children I had mixed feelings this time of year. I simply love flowers and so there was the sense of anticipation of springtime. However, the approaching Easter holiday and the around-the-corner Mother’s Day caused uneasiness for me. I don’t know if this is common with other moms. I had the “what might have been” thoughts. My mother, Exia Cawley, used to repeat the John Greenleaf Whittier poem “Of all sad words of tongue and pen the saddest are these, what might have been.” The crucifixion should be considered seriously, but let’s not forget The Resurrection. I still have to remind myself because Mother’s favorite scripture was Phillipians 2:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Being single and head of the household may make it difficult to think this way, but I believe it helps.