Permission Slip for the 2nd Sunday of May

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©A.L.M.

You have permission to feel whatever you feel on this day.

You have permission to grieve. For a deceased child, a deceased mother, a barren womb, kids who’ve gone off the rails, disconnection or loss in any form that impacts your feelings about the day ……

You have permission to decline the impulse to Should on yourself today.

You have permission to be angry.

You have permission to celebrate.

You have permission to tell the truth.

You have permission to let go of society’s Shoulds regarding your emotions around this day.

You have permission to let go of society’s expectations regarding your choices for this day.

You have permission to skip the church service that is riddled with “Mother” tributes and ceremony and pageantry and reminders.

You have permission to enjoy the church service that is riddled with “Mother” tributes and ceremony and pageantry and reminders.

You have permission to receive.

You have permission to binge-watch Netflix without justifying it.

You have permission to not allow other people’s sadness around the absence of their mother or child to mandate any aspect of your day – including guilt or obligation.

You have permission to make your kids breakfast if that brings joy to your day.

You have permission to say “No.”

You have permission to say “Yes.”

You have permission to do what you need to, and to be who you really are.

All of you is welcome to the table today. It is every day, but on a day that seems to have a lot of guilt, obligation, ironic limits and unspoken rules, I just wanted you to see it in writing.

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