Mother's Day 2020
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. At Adventist HealthCare, we LOVE mothers—and we’ve got the babies to prove it! There were thousands of babies born in our hospitals last year—and they each brought along their mother. And we love every single one of them.
As has been the case since it first became a national holiday in 1914, Mother’s Day is a day to honor those who gave birth to us, as well as those who nurture and nourish us. Given the impact of the coronavirus, I suspect that this Mother’s Day 2020 will be long remembered for the beginning of a lot of new traditions.
People are so creative in addressing the emotional separation created by COVID-19, even when the physical separation from parent or grandparent cannot be overcome. There may not be as many breakfasts in bed, but the first text of the day is likely to be a Mother’s Day wish. There will be countless little hands offering up big bouquets on the Facetime calls, or as jpegs of drawings emailed and printed out to be pinned to the refrigerator. There will still be an abundance of overly sweet greeting cards signed and mailed—matched now by short family videos shot on a smartphone by a clever dad, and then uploaded for Grandma’s iPad by an even more clever kid.
There will be online tutorials demonstrating how to cook old family recipes. There will be car parades with signs and balloons and people waving out the window while mom stands in the driveway waving and smiling behind that mask. There will be zoom calls aplenty—always with one participant who can’t find the mute button. There will be millions and millions of phone calls made and selfies sent. There will be laughing and smiling and eyes brimming over with tears. At the end of the day, there will be the satisfaction of knowing that we still know how to say I love you and still know how to say thank you and still have plenty of good reasons to smile through our tears.
To all those wonderful mothers who nurtured the children who became our amazing workforce, to the hundreds on our team who are mothers themselves, and to the mothers and children who are among our patients—Happy Mother’s Day to each of you. We wish you all of the affection and joy that being a mother brings!
And if you are one of those people who have made a mother’s difference in the life of someone who truly needed you—this day is for you. Just think of the difference you have made in somebody’s world—beginning with the gift of life itself. You give us so many reasons to be thankful. Happy Mother’s Day!
The world will not stop and let us celebrate for very long, so let’s make it count. Tell the ones you love that you love them. Be grateful for those who love you—and love showing it as best they can, even in difficult times. Delight in these relationships that push against the constraints.