“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world. ~ Kate Douglas Wiggin
For those mothers, and for my mom who has passed, I would like to say a few words.
A mom is unique from every other influence in the world; she bears a quality that belongs to no other. You can find comfort in the arms of another, but regardless of her quality, there is no one else that fulfills that need within us that screams, “Love me!”
A mother may not have all the right answers, the good health, or the means to provide a great life, but the heart-driven mom will still continue to find a way to show her love. She may throw a wink, a kiss, or a hug your way, but still, you won’t completely understand her undying love for you…because she is after all…your mom.
Moms may work many hours to put food on the table and a roof over your head. She may yell, find fault, or spend all day pushing through depression, but still, a good mother finds a way to show her love.
Mothers usually feel guilt, sadness, concern and, yes, happiness as she goes through many of the memories in her mind; remembering all the good and fretting over the bad choices she made. She will pray and hope that you forgive her for her inadequacies of motherhood, and even further, the strong mother will face her wrongdoings and apologize for anything that haunts her child. Then, as most mothers do, she will continue on…loving her children and full of pride for the accomplishments of the human being standing in front of her…faults and all.
When the day comes and you realize your mother is simply another woman, a person trying to make it in this world, that is the day you find solace, respect, and gratitude for her. That is the day you find compassion for her problems, raise your awareness of her humanness, and it’s in that moment you’ll probably take the time to tell her how much she means to you.
Please don’t wait. Time is not guaranteed to anyone. Trust me, I know.
With love in my heart, head, and soul for mothers everywhere trying their best to give their children love.