A thorny, red rose

(The London Free Press – Saturday, May 10, 1997)

“We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer. Together we exist. And forever will re-create each other.”

— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 20th century French philosopher

ST. THOMAS, CANADA – Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, the one day of the year I’m vividly reminded I have never held my mother, looked into her eyes and told her I love her. I have never offered a soft kiss on her cheek. I have never even given her flowers.