A Mum Without A Mum On Mothers Day.

This piece is anonymously written and is the thoughts of a COA and how they struggled like so many do on Mothers Day. I am sure many will find comfort in this person being able to articulate the ways so many feel on such a day. 

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I’ve spent 15 Mother’s Days without you, and probably not many happy ones with you before that, so when I had a headache for a week before the date, I guessed I was coming down with something, and when I felt as though my batteries had gone flat 3 days before I told myself I definitely had a virus.

On Saturday I walked into town in a daze, helped my son choose a friends birthday card, and looked around a packed shop, full of manic sons and daughters, rushing to buy anything they could get their hands on.

I suddenly felt so angry, why had they left it until the day before, so ungrateful for what they had, and so irrational thinking from me! I quickly left the shop, hot, flustered, and dizzy.

I glanced across the road, suddenly it was all I could see in shop windows- Mum, mummy, nanny, granny, grandma, there were mums drinking coffee with grandchildren on their knees, walking together laughing, arguing, all of it magnified and closing in on me…..don’t do this to me now, I’m over grieving for you.

But what if you were here, would we make you a card? Would you scoop my babies up and cover them in kisses, sniff their sweet skin and thank me as an after thought? Would we have a Mothers Day breakfast and go for a walk around a lake, and argue about stupid things as we always did? You’d probably tell me I’d bought you flowers you didn’t like, and focus all your attention on squishing their rosy cheeks!

Wait….stop this, back in the moment, I need to carry on with my day and be grateful for what I have. This is something that has become a recurring problem for me, I get an irrational fear that if I’m not grateful for what I have I’ll lose something else, as one by one by family were taken from me, and I guess that as an adult child of an alcoholic I always think I caused it!

If grief creeps out from nowhere, I do my best to conceal it, and hope it will die down eventually, but most of the time it just manifests, and my body slows down until I give in and let it all out.

I was kind to myself this Mothers Day. On the way back from a lovely walk with my husband and babies I went to the cemetery, unplanned. My boy drew a picture of us all, and took Mum a stick as I forgot to buy flowers, he always lightens the mood! I let myself have quiet time later while everyone was out, put on Mums favourite music, and allowed myself to think of her, the lovely, kind, funny, sister-like mum she was when her body ran clean of alcohol. I looked at any pictures without the bleary drink affected eyes, and unbruised body, and remembered her as a mum, not an alcoholic, but knew deep down she could never have been the grandparent I wanted her to be, my poor mum.

I just need to say it, 15 Mothers days on, I still miss you mum, excruciatingly, whole-heartedly from a place deep inside me where our bond began, and where the bond with my babies also lies. Sometimes it’s just too much, and I need to accept that it’s ok to miss you still, I’m not failing, nothing bad will happen, its not that I’m ungrateful, I’m just a daughter without a mother, and that isn’t always ok, and sometimes I still feel angry alcohol took you from me, and you missed out on so much.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jenna says:

    This is only the 2nd mothers day since the ‘beast’ took you from this life. Like what’s written… not many happy ones prior to that. This mother’s day I wasn’t kind to myself. After my 16yr old hadn’t bought me a card or saved I cracked. I ended up spending sat and Sunday in hospital after an attempt on my life. It feels strange to miss her as she wasn’t really there for many yrs. I then feel guilty like I’m letting myself down by missing the hurt and anguish caused by her. I need to be kinder to myself

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    1. coaisathing says:

      Thank you for the courage in sharing this

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  2. Ali says:

    Thankyou for your story. So well expressed. I can sense the feeling of loss and confusion and of trying to make it all make sense. I had a family crisis this Mother’s Day and so couldn’t celebrate it with my own children and one of the last times I saw my mother was on Mother’s Day many years ago and she was a combination of drunk and mentally switched off from the long term effects. I hope you found some refuge in the love of your own children . Take care xxx

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  3. My second Mother’s day without my Mum. So, so many mixed emotions.
    Since I’ve lost her, I’ve been hit with stressful situation after stressful situation. I haven’t yet had an emotional break from anything yet and currently wondering what my limit is. Completely get that the surrounding days before an significant event makes you feel run down. Thanks for sharing this… every story that I read also helps me feel like I’m not alone.

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  4. Amanda says:

    Being a mum is so hard, I find it difficult to look at other mums and their extended families. The families bolstered by grandparents, the closeness and support that make life easier. I look at myself and often feel like a car crash of a mother always trying often failing. This year though I also felt an incredible amount of compassion for my mum. I could see for the first time how unsupported and alone she was when we were kids. I guess we all just do our best and I feel blessed that we can talk and share the things that perhaps those who went before us couldn’t. Big love to all the mums. X

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