Mother’s Day is this weekend in the U.S., and while it’s meant to be an occasion of appreciation for some of the hardest working women in the world, it doesn’t work out that way all the time. For people who have lost mothers, or who have lost children, or have strained relationships, the holiday can be much less than wonderful.
None of the women in my books have perfect lives, and that includes Judge Willa Carson and Jordan Fox, who were teenagers when they lost their mothers.
But Mother’s Day is about so much more than a biological connection, isn’t it? It’s a celebration of female role models in our lives.
Judge Willa Carson lost her mother to cancer, which leaves her feeling rather dismal on Mother’s Day. In Wasted Justice, we find her downright glum while heading to a garden party.
“I was thirty-nine years old, but I still felt like a gawky and exposed sixteen-year-old on Mother’s Day.”
-Willa Carson, Wasted Justice
We can all relate to this feeling in one situation or another, can’t we?
But when Willa reaches the garden party, she finds she’s not alone. Her mom’s best friend, Kate Colombo, had something totally different in mind, as she so often does.
“Kate and Leo were kind enough to host a Motherless Day party. For those who have no family to share the day with.”
Kate Austin Colombo is like a mother to Willa. Kate is now Willa’s best friend, too. And the relationship is much more than casual. They share a mutual love that is familial, unconditional, exceptionally understanding, nurturing, and more. That sounds like a great mom, doesn’t it?
Do you have a female role model like this in your life?
Are you this person to someone else?
One of Willa’s favorite Herend pieces sums up Mother’s Day relationships nicely:
Whether you’re feeling like the confident, or maybe exhausted and weather-beaten leader of the flock, or the awkward sixteen-year-old follower, I hope you’ll follow Willa Carson’s lead and find an opportunity this weekend to connect with someone in a nurturing way.
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