Mother’s Day – what do you say?

rose-31411_960_720What do you say on Mother’s Day to a woman whose child has died, either by accident or at the hand of another?

What do you say on Mother’s Day to a woman wrongfully convicted of her own child’s murder?

What do you say on Mother’s Day to a woman behind bars who can’t be with her children?

What do you say on Mother’s Day to a woman incarcerated for years despite her innocence, who can no longer bear children after she is freed?

What do you say on Mother’s Day to a woman whose innocent son or daughter is languishing in prison?

I confess I don’t know what to say. My own life has been incredibly fortunate. Of the many wonderful things I have been lucky enough to experience, being a mother surely tops the list. I simply cannot imagine having that opportunity stolen from me.

All I can think of to say is, “Happy Mother’s Day.” To all the mothers separated from their children for reasons beyond their control, I still say to you, “Happy Mother’s Day.” My heart goes out to you and your children (living, no longer living, or never born), and may you find peace.

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