Today I celebrate Motherhood alone.
My Chickens across the country…enjoying a day of summer without me.
I woke up a little bit sad.
Sad because not only am I missing baby Chicken’s first Mother’s Day, but sad that I am missing Mother’s day with all my Chickens…and even a bit more sad that I am missing day without my mom.
But, in the same whimsy of sadness, I am able to celebrate.
Celebrate because my Chickens are healthy.
They are healthy, and happy, and surrounded by love.
Happy because my mom is healthy, happy and a part of my life.
I get to celebrate today, alone, but appreciative of my life.
And thankful for my life.
And although alone, I did what every mother REALLY wants to do on Mother’s Day.
I slept for about 12 hours.
I slept through the night without waking to baby cries or toddler demands.
And when I woke up…I realized I had no obligations and could roll over and sleep.
Anyone who knows me realizes that rolling over and going back to sleep just isn’t what I do.
I slept because I could.
And then I had coffee in bed while mindlessly haunting Facebook and blogs.
And then I ran.
For two hours.
luxury in a pair of running shoes.
I haven’t had a run like that in YEARS.
So, today I spoiled myself.
I decided that since I couldn’t spend time with the people I love most in this world, I would spend my day on myself.
So, I slept, ran, drank coffee and then spend leisurely hours walking through Lincoln, Nebraska and the main campus of UNL…looking for nothing, expecting nothing…and taking in a day of sunshine without responsibility.
Today was a sad day.
But, I made the most of it.
Celebrating my opportunity.
Celebrating the health of my loved ones.
I got teary-eyed a lot today.
But, I put myself in check.
I’m one of the lucky ones.
Although I’m not with my loved ones…they are still here.
I am blessed.
I am lucky.
And I know it.
So, Happy Mother’s Day.
A day to celebrate.
A day to love.
A very important day.