About thirty-three years ago a PSA jet collided mid air with a light airplane near the San Diego airport. The last words recorded in the cockpit were those of the pilot saying, "I love you Ma!"
Not all of us will breathe thoughts of our mothers as we watch our lives end. Not all of us have mothers worthy of such utterances.
However, on this Hallmark day to honor mothers, it's at least important to note that for most of us the word 'mother' evokes strong feelings of joy and comfort and, yes, loss.
I love you, Mama.