Mother's Day is always somewhat bittersweet for me. Yes, I'm a mom and it's my "special" day but it's also a huge reminder that I don't have my own mom with me anymore. And some years, like this one, it's a double-whammy with her birthday falling on the same day. She would have been 74 years old today. I lost her to cancer 9 years ago. It seems fitting the charity sewing project that my local guild is focusing on this month is Hearts for Hope, a small heart shaped pillow designed for women with breast cancer who have undergone some sort of breast surgery. It's often very painful to have a car seat belt on comfortably after a breast surgery so these pillows are placed onto the shoulder (via the adjustable strap) and provide a cushioning between the surgery site and the seatbelt.
While it may not seem like much, the 30 minutes it took me to put it together made me feel closer to my mom today.