Family is not about blood. It’s about who is willing to hold your hand when you need it the most.~anon
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ve probably heard the phrase “my brother by another mother.” Well, I’m using that to designate a Mother’s Day alternative. Why? I’m so glad you asked!
While Mother’s Day is normally a great sentiment to most folks in the world, for the ex-Jehovah’s Witness community it can be one of those things that acts as a pain trigger. Due to the Watch Tower Society’s inhumane policy of shunning, many former members are virtual orphans. Their parents have disowned them and treat them as if they are dead. So, you can see why a holiday such as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day can be loaded with mountains of emotional baggage.
However, within the exJW community there are literally thousands of surrogate parents who have taken others under their wings, providing love, encouragement, and at times a swift kick in the behind. I have seen so many wise and loving people take others on as sons and daughters or siblings. For these empathetic and loving souls I give my personal thanks. Every time you offer an encouraging word, an offer of help, a listening ear, you are providing a healing balm to someone’s aching heart.
So, I offer my gratitude and salute the many surrogate parents out there who are making a difference in the lives of so many in the exJW community.
Happy “Another Mother’s” Day!!!