I remember walking into church on Mother's Day around 10 years ago. One of the greeters handed me a white carnation. I knew him well, so I laughed as I handed the flower back and said, "you know I'm not a mother". He handed it back to me and responded with, "you will be someday". Now, I wonder.
I also look back at that time, when I was blissfully unaware of the devastation of infertility, and I hope that God was protecting the hearts of the infertile women in my church. How absolutely horrific for them to see so many white flowers, or to remain seated while the mothers were asked to stand so that they could be recognized and prayed for.
The world is so cruel to infertile women. What seem like such small, insignificant signs and actions are tremendously painful to those of us struggling with infertility. Whether you are celebrating Mother's Day tomorrow or in May, please be kind, be sensitive to the childless women you know. Some might be childless by choice, but still others might be suffering in silence.
For all of you mothers in Ireland, I do sincerely wish you a Happy Mother's Day!