03 5 / 2012
Hello. This will be my first Mother’s Day as a Grandmother, giving added meaning for me. As do millions of other mothers and grandmothers, I weep with you. To add to your enormous strength, we invisibly embrace you and hold you in our hearts now and on all future Mother’s Days. I hope these, some of my favorite quotes are of small comfort to you and your loved ones.
Claudia K, Washington State
The mother is everything - she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness.
Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” - Kahlil Gibran
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye
I Did Not Die.
You can kill a man but you can’t kill an idea.
Medgar Evers (like you, a justice seeker)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
The Bible, Psalms
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” Gibran
"Dearest Mommy and Daddy"
When you wonder the meaning of life and love
Know that I am with you
Close your eyes and feel me kissing you in the gentle breeze across your cheek
When you begin to doubt that you shall never see me again
Quiet your mind and hear me
I am in the whisper of the heavens
Speaking of your love.
When you lose your identity
when you question who you are, where you are going;
Open your heart and see me.
I am the twinkle in the stars, smiling down upon you.
Lighting the path for your journey.
When you awaken each morning, not remembering your dreams,but feeling content and serene,
Know that I was with you, filling your night with thoughts of me.
When you linger in the remnant pain, wholeness seeming so unfamiliar, think of me.
Know that I am with you, touching you through the shared tears of a gentle friend easing the pain.
As the sunrise illuminates the desert sky; as that breathtaking brilliance awakens your spirit, think of our time together-all to brief but ever brilliant.
When you were certain of us together, when you were certain of your destiny, know that God created that moment in time just for us.
I am with you always……
How very softly you tip-toed into my world,
almost silently and only a moment you stayed.
But what an imprint your footprints have left upon my heart.
If I could have a lifetime wish, a dream that would come true.
I’d pray to God with all of my heart for yesterday and you.
A thousand words can’t bring you back; I know because I have tried.
And neither can a million tears; I know, because I have cried.
You left behind my broken heart and happy memories too.
I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” - Gibran
03 5 / 2012
I know that we will never meet but I felt like I should say this. Happy mothers day And keep being strong for your son He is smiling at you in heaven and nudging the lord saying thats my mama! I hope you have a wonderful mothers day because you deserve it!
- Shanta T.
03 5 / 2012
My Prayers are with You & family. I experienced the loss of my 14 yr old son, Derek, 15yrs ago. He was murdered by his Deranged Father. I pray that you “Let go & Let GOD” as sanely as possible because I personally know that the Hate, Grief & Bitterness can destroy you physically and mentally if you embrace it. Trayvon would not want you to LIVE this way! I know the nights can be the hardest. I am disabled now, home, call anytime!
Remembering You, Sybrina in my Prayers.
03 5 / 2012
I want to remind you of Mary.While Jesus was her natural son, He had a revolutionizing work to do. It was her job to get him to the Earth realm. And yes, it was connected to His death… and yet He rose. Trayvon’s memory has power and a place in History now. There is an appointed time to all things. Oftentimes, there is great gain through loss. through one child who passed through your womb… an alarm was sounded throughout the nation, and world about the still lingering, evil residue of racism, hatred, and injustice against “brown-skin boys.” Be encouraged, because nothing is in vain.
Be Encouraged. Be Encouraged. Be Encouraged! Embrace this Mother’s Day with courage and continued hope that there will be change.
Lynnette N. (New York, NY), a mom
02 5 / 2012
Ms. Sybrina Fulton,
I am a mother of 4 children. I first became aware of Trayvon’s death during a Sunday morning news program in March. I was so outraged that immediately I went to the change.org site to sign your petition. I have followed the updates ever since. My heart cannot know your pain. All I kept thinking once I learned of this horrible tragedy is how easily this could have been anyone of my children or their friends. And how together through your petition I wanted to help bring about change. A Mother’s love and bond with her child has nothing to do with the color of skin. The connection with our children is timeless. It stretches from the past—even before they were born and reaches into the future. Our children have always been with us and will always be with us. It is a spiritual gift God has given every Mother. Trayvon lives on spiritually and has become every Mother’s son. In his memory, I wish you a blessed day with your loved ones.
02 5 / 2012
On your face, I can see the pain that you are going through.
By all accounts, Trayvon was a typical boy - and I wish so much that he was here.
Please continue to keep your faith. God loves you.
Best wishes for Mothers Day 2012 and all future Mother’s Days to come.
- Judith W.
02 5 / 2012
I just wanted to let you know that my heart, prayers, frustration and tears are with you on this, which has to be yet one more intensely, heart-wrenching, unspeakably painful day for you. I write to thank you for what you have done for every black mother, every brown mother, every mother of a young son who lives with that unspoken fear that we all carry so deep within our hearts. You spoke our pain with your pain. You spoke our truth with your truth. You answer our deepest yearnings with every small, large and painful thing you do to pursue the justice that your sweet beautiful boy, Trayvon, so rightly deserves.
Thank you for your courage. Thank you for bearing your soul to give the world a glimpse of our stories, our hearts, and our love. Your son is our son. Your love is our love. Your heart is our heart. Your story is our story. Your pain is the burden we mothers carry as our sweet adorable black and brown boys begin to blossom into manhood. Trayvon’s life and sacrifice will never be in vain, will never be forgotten and will be the story of every black boy whose story was never told, whose mother still weeps, and for those of us who still lives in fear.
I watched my sister Rachael grieve the loss of her only son 3 years ago when he was 19 years old. The depth of her pain could never truly be spoken with words. The anguish within her could not be comforted by the human touch. The longing in her heart remains with her to this day. She heals slowly, reluctantly and with the inspiration of the love she and Ryan shared.
She and I cry, grieve and forever stand with you in God’s love, tenderness and power through our most heart-felt prayers. You are forever, always and never-ending Trayvon Martin’s mother.
From another mother of a young black son. We mothers love you and thank you.
02 5 / 2012