My mom died when I was pretty young.
I’ve always been amazed at how many memories, thoughts, and feelings can be packed into eight short years.
The nature of death has robbed me of time with my mom, but it hasn’t taken from me my memories. I can still remember the feeling of love I had for my mother and she had for me; the times she soothed me when I cried, got frustrated when I was too much, or took the time to teach and nurture me. My memories are incredibly random, and over the years I’ve realized something important.
The undivided attention we share with those we love is important.
My mom was particularly adept at giving me her complete attention when I needed it, and as a mom I find myself trying to follow her example and be the kind of mom to my children that she was to me. I fail miserably many times, yet every once in awhile I can see from the expressions on my children’s faces that I’ve given them what they need and that makes me feel really, really spectacular. It’s my goal to make the sort of memories with my children that my mom made with me, for a much, much longer period of time.
The death of my mother has taught me many things, and one of them is the beauty of time. It’s nice when we have it, but we don’t need a ton of it to make a lasting impression. We can pack a lot into a short amount of time, and when those times are limited, we should make the most of them.
If I could be reunited with my mom I’d tell her “I love you” and I’d hope that what I’d transmit to her through my heart and eyes would be sufficient and that she’d know that within those three words a million others were embedded.
Procter & Gamble recently launched a nationwide program called, “Thank You Mom Reunions,” to bring together 100 moms and their children for milestone family moments they might otherwise miss.
I find myself particularly drawn to this program and hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to reunite with your mom (or mother figure). Wouldn’t it be incredible if you or someone you knew “won” the chance for such a reunion?
Here are the details (and FEEL FREE TO SHARE): Log onto www.thankyoumom.com. Once there, enter to win a gift card to help cover the cost of a special reunion with your mother or mother figure. Don’t forget that you’ll have to submit a 100-word essay describing why you would like to be reunited with your mom. P&G also invites consumers to vote for their favorite entries. Each month, 15 winners will be chosen through November 30th. Winners don’t just receive the special reunion, they’ll also receive a portable digital video camera in order to capture and share their reunion. Official contest rules and regulations can be found online at www.thankyoumom.com.
Disclosure: I was compensated for spreading the word about this campaign.