Days like Mother's Day are unusual. Why? Because:
- In one sense they can serve to remind us of our failure to honour our mothers appropriately every other day of the year. They become a confession.
- In another sense they can bring up painful memories of childhood, of a difficult relationship, of loss, or even the inability to have children. The become a lament.
- In yet another sense they draw us into celebrating our own gift of life and the miracle of our birth. They become thanksgiving.