For Mothers’ Day, I would like to share with you a poem that I wrote for my mom on Mothers’ Day 1988. I had a four-year old daughter and a two-year old son and I had the revelation that I understood my mother so much more now that I was a mother myself.
A few weeks ago I wrote about setting a good example because people are watching. Most importantly, your children are watching. And whether they are two, or twenty, or forty…trust me, they are watching and listening.
I tried very consciously to be a good parent. I know I did a lot of things “right” and I know I failed at others.
But I can tell you that, with my children finally having “grown up” (thirty-one and thirty-two), I often hear my words come back to me. The advice that I gave them or the example I gave sat dormant for awhile, but never left them. Now, as mature adults, they can draw on the prior exposure.
We all try to do something special for our moms on Mothers’ Day. I challenge you to do something special more often. A call, a hug, a card, a prayer. If you are still lucky enough that your mom is still living, cherish every moment you have with her. Your children will see your example and it will come back to bless you as well.
Gentle memories of you
fill my thoughts and my heart.
warm vanilla pudding, homemade pies,
and recipes being passed on from generations gone by.
coming home from school, bursting with urgent news
…and always finding you there, ready to listen.
learning to sew and to cook
from a patient master.
with fresh-cut peaches for breakfast.
By your example
right from wrong
and values to last a lifetime.
how to be a real lady
and at the same time how to take care of myself.
that it’s okay to be an individual
– not always part of the crowd.
that I could achieve whatever I desired in life.
loving you very much.
I was my mother’s child, but now I’m my child’s mother
And I love you in ways I never could before.