Second Mother’s Day Under the Coronavirus Pandemic Offers More Hope Than the First

Signs about Mother’s Day are displayed at a home decor department store in Northbrook, Ill., Saturday, May 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Families that were separated by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and thus were unable to see and wish their mothers Happy Mother’s Day were rewarded this year due to the roll out of the virus vaccines. Joyous reunions marked this years Mother’s Day among vaccinated mothers and children along with other relatives. It felt good to take the masks off. It felt good to get close up. It felt good to whisper an ‘I love you’ in your mother’s ear.

Some long-term facilities helped make this years Mother’s Day a special one by allowing family members to visit in person. Residents were allowed to go out with their family for that special meal at their favorite eating place and return without being quarantined.

“Residents can feel the energy now that families are coming in,” said Kelley Fulkerson, business office manager at Addington in Northville.

But while some were exchanging hugs and kisses and laughter there were many who were grieving because they had lost their mothers to the deadly virus.

– Ella Breedlove

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