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Journaling Prompt – Indicate Mother’s Day Differently

May 6th, 2009 by Avital

I love my mom farther than my words can reach. Therefore, for mother’s day, this year, I want to indicate my appreciation differently. Instead of going on and on about how great my mom is, I want to concentrate on the first memorable [obviously there is no way to remember the breastfeeding part] experience that created the strong bond between us.

Each mother and child have one moment in life in which they feel the bond between them is sprouting. I am aiming for this moment and trying to recall and capture it forever.

For this week’s journaling prompt write about the moment the bond between you and your mother was established.

You might want to make a copy of your journaling and send it to your mom, she will surely treasure the memory.

Variations of this week’s journaling prompt:

  • Write about the “moment” the bond formed between you and your kids
  • Encourage your kids to write/tell you what was their “moment”
  • Interchange memories of the “moment” with your mom – this moment is not necessarily the same for both of you.

I want to share my moment with you in honor of my fabulous mom:

Shortly after the beginning of elementary school I became very sick. It was probably a virus I caught up from our guinea pigs (The poor guinea pigs did not survive…). My immune system completely shut down and no doctor could provide a diagnosis. The prognoses were not positive. The doctors looked worried and perplexed. I can only imagine what my parents had gone through. I was just a small child, feeling weak and drowsy, but not aware of what’s going on.

My dad stayed with my 2 older sisters at home and my mom slept on a mattress beside me at the hospital 24/7.

I remember one night, My fever went way up and nothing they did reduced it – I had an ice wrap, an alcohol bed – you name it… The test results showed another aggravation in my condition. I felt bad and my mom encouraged me to channel my thoughts into something positive. I came up with a song about two lions hugging each other and creating some healing heat together. Rest assured I also “composed” this song and sang it very loudly and repeatedly all night long…

In the following morning something had changed. The test results started showing an improvement. A true miracle the doctors thought. I know what had cured me. Now you know what it was too.

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When did the bond between you and your mother sprout? How are you going to honor your mother on May 10th? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment :)

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4 Comments to “Journaling Prompt – Indicate Mother’s Day Differently”

  1. Writer Dad says:

    What a beautiful prompt! I will follow it like a good soldier.

    • Avital says:

      Thank you!!! I find it very therapeutic to write down as much small details as I can remember about my self and my connections. I see it as a documentary which is also a journey toward my SELF.

  2. Michelle says:

    What a beautiful story. I, too, was VERY sick as a 4 year old child: couldn’t walk, and very high fevers (diagnosed as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis). I have vivid memories of laying in my parents’ bed with her laying beside me, stroking my hair softly; nights in the hospital where she did not leave my side, and oh, yeah, cold baths with the smell of rubbing alcohol. It wasn’t until I had children of my own did I begin to understand how difficult that time must have been for both my Mom and Dad. Thanks for leading me to reflect. I should do a scrapbook page on it.

    • Avital says:

      Thank you so much for sharing your story! (I wanted to make a layout about it too, but I have no photos. They’re all at my parents’ house, thousands of miles away…