1. tasting of or being a mixture of bitterness and sweetness
2. pleasant but tinged with sadness
This definition fits like a soft, well worn pair of jeans. My mother was ill year upon year, and had virtually switched roles; I now her “mother” (with 2 small kids of my own) she the “child,” her cognitive thoughts and reasoning stolen by a massive stroke. I longed for the mom I once knew but loved the “momchild” I now had…bittersweet.
Years have been spent dwelling on the meaning of that last action (as if she had any control of the timing) and I made the choice to honor her memory on that day…realizing in a way it was her last gift to me …the deep comfort of knowing she was free…bittersweet.