2014-05-09 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

Mother’s Day Should Be Every Day
By Ilyassha Shivers

I don’t really like to celebrate Mother’s Day since my mom died in May 2000. I really can’t believe it’s been 14 years. My mom’s name was Sheila Shivers. She was known by many as the big woman with an even bigger heart. I don’t want this to be a trip down memory lane, so let me say this: to those of you whose mom is still alive, cherish every moment that you have with her. When the casket is closed there’s no more time to express how you feel.

I can remember like it was yesterday when my mom died. It was May 8. She was sick and was in St. John’s Hospital. I took things for granted even then, as I ran off to Brooklyn to take care of some business. When I got the call that she passed my heart dropped. I wasn’t able to set the record straight. I wasn’t able to say good bye.

That ride home from Brooklyn was the longest ride of my life. All I could do was think back. I wish I could have told her how much she meant to me. The moral of this story is this life is short. Tomorrow is not promised. Tell those loved ones how you feel every opportunity you get, because before you know it, life is over.

Today I see things a lot different than I did 14 years ago. I try to live each day as if it were my last. I kiss my children at night and every chance I get to speak to a relative I always end the conversation with how much I love them. So as you prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day keep in mind that everyday should be Mother’s Day.

Tell me what you think. How did you celebrate Mother’s Day? Tell me what’s going on. Send your thoughts and comments to shiverswave@gmail.com.

On a brighter note, this year Project Window held two events. The first event they participated in was Queens Teen Day which focused on children in the NYC foster care system and children with court involvement.

The second event was held in the Ocean Bay

Community Center on

May 3. The gym was once again turned into a Prom Boutique. The girls started lining up before 1 p.m. They had hundreds of dresses to choose from.

When asked how she felt, one of the girls said she felt like a princess having her Cinderella moment. Parents were moved and cried at how beautiful the girls were. Quoting Maya Angelou “People forget what you say, people forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The purpose of “Queens of Far Rockaway” was to make these girls feel beautiful. Not one girl left without feeling special.

Stay positive and keep on reading The Wave.

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