Posted May 13 2012, 5:04 pm in , , , ,

Happy Mothers’ Day. I hope you all have a wonderful day and are fortunate enough to share it with your mother. Mothers’ Day brings both joy and sadness for me. I have the joy of being the mother of two wonderful daughters and the grandmother of two delightful granddaughters. I also have a touch of sadness that my mother is no longer with us, but I have the joy of knowing she is in heaven. And I have happy, happy memories of my mother.

One of my earliest memories is of my mother reading to me before bedtime. I loved the book, Old Bones the Wonder Horse. Little incidents touch my heart. Like the time she was the only mother who showed up for the meeting with my Brownie Scout leaders. She loved to eat cheese and was always on a diet. She taught me how to bake and let me make cakes, cookies and pies. She loved to garden, especially flowers. As I look at my life, I see much of my mother in me.

She was widowed when she was fifty-four. Only my youngest brother was still at home. She spent the next ten years mothering a whole crew of young people who attended her church and some who rented her upstairs apartment.

My mother was a quiet woman, and taking care of her family was her biggest joy. There were four of us kids. I was the oldest and had three younger brothers. When my brothers were all taller than Mom, they began to call her “little mother.” I never had a chance to ask her whether she liked that nickname. After I went away to college, I didn’t live close to my mother again. She lived in Spokane, Washington, and I got a teaching job in Cincinnait, Ohio, where I met my husband. We moved to Atlanta when my girls were three and four. The following year my mother died when she was struck by a car while she was crossing the street. She was only sixty-four.

I miss my mom, especially on a day like today, but the wonderful memories carry me through. I hope someday my girls will look back with fond memories of me. So today I’ll remember my mother and savor being a mother and grandmother. Happy Mothers’ Day again.



2 responses to “HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY”

  1. Teresa says:

    I don’t have loving memories of my mother… for various and very complexed reasons that belong to her and me.

    But in a human display of the Scripture:

    “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”

    Isaiah 49:15

    I had two GreatAunts and my Grandmother (paternal) who stepped up and, within their means and to the extent their hearts and lifes allowed, raised me the best. I loved them for it, and everyday I give Thanks for them. So on Mother’s Day they are the ones I miss and give Thanks for.

    I hope that when I celebrate Mother’s Day with my children – I’ve been blessed with a boy and a girl (my real treasures) – they are proud of what they taught me and that I make them proud in my everyday life.

    (Belated) Happy Mother’s Day, Dear Merrillee.

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