The Duncan Banner

May 11, 2014

Mother’s Day bittersweet for some moms

Steve Olafson
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The first Mother’s Day celebration can be traced back to the Greeks, and after them the Romans, so it’s safe to say it’s a tradition that likely will be around awhile longer.

What often goes unmentioned is the heartache that Mother’s Day can bring for those mothers whose children are away from home.

The members of the Blue Star Mothers in Duncan can tell you about that.

Their sons and daughters are away from home in the military.

Mother’s Day just reminds them of that unpleasant fact.

“There aren’t people that really understand what you go through,” says Nancy Carter, whose son Justin Patterson is a senior airman in the United States Air Force.

The Blue Star Mothers in Duncan hold regular meetings to commiserate with each other.  “Our meetings are a place where we can cry or laugh -- whatever we need to do with each other,” says Carter, an imager for an oil company.

They rely on donations to buy the sweets and other treats they send to the troops at Christmas, Halloween, the Fourth of July and Easter.

On Mother’s Day, they’re available to each.

“They are a great group of ladies,” says Carter.