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the tears
Written by LaurelLaurel Palladino
Happy Mothers Day
No matter what season of motherhood you are in, Happy Mother's Day, hang in there mamas. You got this.


I don’t know where you are this Mothers Day…….looking forward to a big family gathering or are you facing an empty chair at the table. Are you a new mom, struggling to become a mom or a seasoned mom with kids spread out everywhere, are you a working mom or a stay home mom……no matter the season, motherhood is tough. Even on the best day it is the hardest job out there and sometimes unappreciated. Those little humans take all of you, you can be hanging by your very last thread of sanity and then….they smile, or laugh or bring you a prize-this could be a worm or a beautiful drawing. But inevitably they do something to remind you that you love being a mom and that they are precious and that you would move heaven and earth to make sure they never have one day of unhappiness.

I am totally aware of how fortunate I am. My children live within 20 minutes and I see them a lot. My own mother was a rock star, she set the standard and I am just hoping to be half as good as she was. She passed away years ago after a battle with kidney disease. Though I didn’t have her as long as I would have liked I am thankful for her. I try to find the blessing, that I had quality over quantity. Sometimes I fall short. Like this year. The last week or so have been a struggle, even after 15 years, I was super sad that she wasn’t here. And then I tried to remember what she taught me. It took a day or so but I’m better now, I choose to be happy, remember the lessons she taught me and be thankful that I had her even if it was a short time.

So this mother’s day, whatever situation you find yourself in, have faith. It might not be perfect, but it also might be exactly where you’re supposed to be. Let’s have grace, with each other and with ourselves. Mothering is hard work. To all you mamas out there, Happy Mothers Day.

So, here’s my story…

I am Laurel, an author and advocate for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Through my book, “Laughing Through The Tears,” I hope to shed light on the journey of those affected by this condition and offer a unique perspective that combines laughter and resilience.

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