This photo is not as dramatic as most of the photos submitted to the contest. It is not professional grade, in dramatic black & white - it is plain and simple. Like life should be - how motherhood is. Plain and simple - mothers plainly love their children beyond an measurement and live their lives simply so that their children live their lives fully.
This is a photo of Diva, Nana (my mom) and Boy Child. Boy child was 1 day old here. Unfortunately, for Nana she looks a bit distant in this photo, so different from 4 years earlier when Diva was born. Nana has Alzheimer's. In this photo she was still functional with the ever loving guidance from her knight in shining armor, Papap (my dad). But two years ago we had to place her in a nursing home in order to keep her safe. She was 68 at that time - too young.
My son will never know Nana, except to say that "Her brain got sick and she lives in a hospital". My daughter has great memories, so she will have to re-tell them to her brother. My mother does not know me or anyone else anymore but she is always happy to see us when we visit.
I have so many memories of my mother, so many are hysterically funny (my mom was like Carol Burnett in a lot of ways) and some not so nice (I didn't quite treat her very nice through my teen years - I regret that now.) but mostly, I miss my mom very much. Life is too short and things change in the time it takes to breathe.
So when you look at this picture, do not feel sad or sorry but feel inspired. Inspired to make each and every day matter for you and your children. Simply love them and laugh with them and plainly enjoy them for who they are and who they will become.
Happy Mother's Day Everyone!