Virtual Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!  If you are lucky enough to be with your mom physically, give her a big hug. If not, give her a call, video chat, or thoughts of gratitude if she’s no longer with you.

I’m missing my mother so much lately, especially since we would have been in Santiago de Compostela today.  We would have arrived in Madrid on Thursday, May 7th, spent two nights there, followed by two nights in Santiago where I was excited to show her some of my favorite places and pilgrim traditions. We were all set to spend our 10th annual mother-daughter trip on a tour of Northern Spain. And the itinerary looked fantastic! Insight Vacations Tour of Northern Spain

We looked forward to traveling through my favorite areas in Spain and making new memories together. There was even an optional excursion to walk part of the Camino! Obviously, we had to cancel this due to the Coronavirus.  We have vouchers to do this tour at some point when it’s safe to travel again.  Insight Vacation’s tour of Northern Spain starts in Madrid and ends in Barcelona. Per our tradition, when the tour ends, mom flies home to Las Vegas, as I embark on another short Camino. I was very much looking forward to walking the Camino Portugués Coastal from Oia, Spain and taking the Spiritual Variant. Sigh. These were good plans.

Alas, travel and Camino dreams are deferred for now. That’s okay because there’s a lot to be grateful for! Like mothers. Here’s a photo of my mom opening her bakery treats  I ordered for her from a new gluten-free bakery in Las Vegas.

My mom on Mother's Day 2020

I tag-teamed with my sister to deliver the goods: Cinnamon rolls, cheesecakes, and quiche. All gluten-free!

We’re going to have a video call later today, and another family call with my mother-in-law.  I have been sending both of my moms links to videos of my parish masses each week. Here’s Father Leo’s mass for May 10, 2020 – 5th Sunday of Easter

If church isn’t your thing, but you enjoy good hymns, advance the video to 8:13 mins to hear a lovely rendition of Psalm 33: “Let your love be upon us, O lord. We hope in you! We hope in you!”  See the song sheet (PDF) for Mother’s Day.

Statue of Mother Mary atop the foothills of the Pyrenees, just outside of Orisson

Statue of Mother Mary atop the foothills of the Pyrenees, just outside of Orisson (photo courtesy of Michelle & Andreas and featured in “Our Camino Love Story

How are you spending Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments below.



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2 thoughts on “Virtual Mother’s Day

  1. Laurie: What a beautiful post you’ve sent on Mother’s Day. But the most impressive of all is how beautiful your mother is, filled with love and light. I will see my daughter today (for a distanced dessert only) along with my grand daughter Elena, for whom I wrote the book “Grandma’s on ;the Camino” Thank you so much for your sustained efforts to explore the mysteries and lure of the Camino and share those with us on your very professional posts.

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