Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mothers and those who act in the role of a mother. Thank you for your love, and concern, and support, and advice and wisdom. Thank you for the sleepless nights, the last minute help with homework, and making us eat our vegetables. To those of you who have borne children, thank you for giving up your body for nine months, for opting to bring a new life into the world, for putting up with the heartburn and stretch marks and labor - it is all truly a labor of love. To those of you who have given your heart and energy to raise a child who may not be yours in blood, but will always be yours in heart, thank you for giving those children a home and someone to love them.

I'd like to dedicate this blog post to the "moms" in my life - my own incredible 85 year young mother, my wonderful, feisty but oh-so-loving Jewish mother-in-law, my daughter Angela who is the mother of my two youngest granddaughters and my "other" daughters Kristen (with my son Mike) and Kesha (with my son Greg), who have blessed me with my grandson and my other granddaughter (and the grandson who is on his way!), my sister Diana, who has been a real role model to me and so many others in so many ways, and all the sisters-in-laws, nieces, aunts, and "other mothers" who have given so much to the world thru their motherhood. I love you all for the love that you give so freely, not expecting anything in return other than to know that your children are safe and happy and healthy. I want you to know how much I admire your abilities to give of yourselves and well, just how great I think you all are!

Here is a piece of prose about motherhood written by the late Erma Bombeck, a humorist and newspaper columnist and... mother. Don't forget to check out the other link below it for a humorous version of motherhood!

A Tribute to Mothers, God's Best Creation

By the time the Lord made mothers, he was into his Sixth day of working overtime.
An Angel appeared and said, "Why are you spending so much time on this one?"
And the Lord answered and said, "Have you seen the spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have 200 movable parts, all replaceable, run on black coffee and leftovers, have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and have six pairs of hands."
The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. "Six pairs of hands! No Way!" said the Angel.
The Lord replied, "Oh, it's not the hands that are the problem. It's the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!"
"And that's just on the standard model?" The Angel asked.
The Lord nodded in agreement. "Yes, one pair of eyes is to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head is to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair is here in the front of her head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word."
The Angel tried to stop the Lord. "This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish. "
But I can't!" The Lord protested, "I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can feed a family of six on a pound of rice and can get a two year old to stand in the shower."
The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, "But you have made her so soft, Lord".
"She is soft", Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."
"Will she be able to think?" asked the Angel.
The Lord replied, "Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason and negotiate."
The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you have a leak with this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."
"That's not a leak." The Lord objected. "That's a tear!"
"What's the tear for?" the Angel asked.
The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride."
The Angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything, for MOTHERS are truly amazing."
They have strengths that amaze men. They carry children, they carry hardships, and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up for injustice. They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution. They go without new shoes so their children can have them. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their loved ones get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a new marriage. They are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Mothers come in all sizes, in all colors and shapes. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a mother is what makes the world spin! Mothers do more than just give birth. They bring joy and hope. They give compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Mothers have a lot to say and a lot to give. ~Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)

Before I end this article, I'd like to thank doubletabby on Etsy for the use of her beautiful card to open this blog... and I also wanted to share another favorite of mine - this YouTube video pretty much sums up motherhood - in a humorous, albeit true way! Have a great day! TheMomSong

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