If only. I know it's not healthy to dwell on those - the "if onlys" but it' s hard NOT to on Mother's Day. I'm only 7 years younger than my Mom was when she died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
(a sidenote: she and Jackie O were the same age, died of the same disease, the same year; 1994.)
And so while I've had plenty of time to mourn...I'm here to confess that WHILE she was alive; I did not treat her as I'd like to now. I'd revere my mother.
I didn't tell her what I loved about her. Ever. She wasn't prone to compliments in giving OR taking...and was hard to love. My pride was bigger than my heart. In the past year I've confessed, let go, asked for forgiveness of those living.
Thankfully we have a houseful of (fun) company that will pull me out of "then" and bring me into "now." For now is important. And I've learned to speak my feelings. Tell those I love HOW much I do. Tell them they are creative, good cooks, artistic, organized, bright, handsome...and at times if I have to I'll dig deep to find that something special in them.
Everyone has something we can talk up and compliment. I'd say do it before it's too late.
Happy Mother's Day to you Beautiful Moms!!!!