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On Mothering

 

One of my favorite pictures of Mom & me... having a Killian's in Branson, MO

A mom reads you like a book, and wherever she goes, people read you like a glowing book review.  ~Robert Brault

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We all need someone who believes in us – someone who sees our potential and who encourages us to keep on going when times get hard.  Someone who reminds us of what is working in our life and that tomorrow will be better.  Someone who points out all we have to be grateful for right now.

We need someone who cheers the loudest when we succeed and stays the closest when we’re hurting.

No matter how robust our self-confidence is, knowing that we are treasured is the magic elixir that gives us the ability to be our best.

In everything I’ve ever accomplished and all that I’ve ever experienced, I’ve had one tiny but mighty powerhouse behind me: my mother.

Thank you to my Mom who taught me the importance of a meal lovingly prepared, of make-believe play on stormy days, the joy of reading and the ability to laugh at myself.  Thank you to my Mom for driving me to piano lessons even though I could “hear” the music and didn’t bother learning to read notes; for sewing my skating costumes, helping me finish 4-H projects and listening to me practice my speeches.  Thank you to my Mom who put up with my petulance at 14, true love at 16, and impatience at 18.  Thank you to my Mom who taught me that a real man cries, loves children and animals and his wife, and shows up. Thank you to my Mom who  inspires me to challenge what I know for sure, to stretch my limits and to never underestimate what can be done.   Thank you to my Mom, who let me have sleepovers, talent shows, weenie roasts and birthday parties. Thank you to my Mom for teaching me how to have a warm & inviting home; to cook, clean and entertain in a way that makes my family want to be home more than not.  Thank you to my Mom who taught me to not save my best manners for strangers and to, no matter what, stay up for kids coming in at night so there’s always an audience for their stories.  Thank you for my Mom who let me go; who, in spite of the miles that separate us, and the time between our face-to-face conversations, has never failed to rally behind me and say “You can do it, kid.”

The greatest gift I’ve ever received … is a Mother who is happy to be one.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

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  1. I understand why that photo is your favorite! Perfect post, MJ.

    • Thank you, Lenore. It’s a favorite because we were having such fun sitting in an Irish pub with my sister and being waited on by 2 waiters from Scotland. Branson, MO was the perfect place to vacation – lots to do, see, eat and enjoy and all at a relaxing pace. Happy Mother’s day to you! 🙂 MJ

  2. What a great tribute!

  3. I hope when my daughter is grown, she will thank me the way you just thanked your mom! I would gush over my mom this weekend too if she where still with us! Yeah MOMS! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  4. Wonderful words of appreciation and tribute to your mom! And she obviously transferred her mom skills to you. It’s obvious from your posts that you love that role yourself. Me too!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Sheila

    • Thank you, Sheila. Yes, my Mom is wonderful and she is the one who not only taught me how to mother but to enjoy it. I love my boys … HMD to you too!! Cheers, MJ

  5. You said it all right down to the last line “The greatest gift I’ve ever received … is a Mother who is happy to be one.” Another great post!

  6. Beautiful post, MJ…sounds like you were a lucky girl!

    Wendy

  7. So, so beautiful! I was smiling as I read the parts that reminded me so much of my sweet mother. And I love the quote at the beginning; I’d never seen that before, but it’s so true.
    Happy Mother’s Day!

    • I loved that quote as well; and isn’t it just so true? When I go home to visit, I “make the rounds” with her…. see her friends & favourite places.. because she likes to “trot me out!” Funny 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day to you … MJ

  8. I found you via Georgette Sullins. What a perfect quote from Brault and what a perfect post that followed.

    • Well, thank you very much. She’s easy to write about and there are not enough phrases or words to adequately capture all that she means to me. Cheers! MJ

  9. really nice sentence.
    Sooooo true! 🙂

  10. cooper

    Great foto…and Killian’s no less. You both rock…

    • Thank you, Coop. She prefers Canadian Rye Whiskey but I talked her into a Killian’s b/c it was so hot that day. Tasty! Cheers to you .. MJ

  11. What a great photo, and I so loved this post. The first line had me in: We all need someone who believes in us – someone who sees our potential and who encourages us to keep on going when times get hard. Moms are great at that, and I hope everyone has someone like this in their life, biological or not.

  12. I totally agree with you with every statement in your post.Mom is the most important person in my life.The mother’s day of this year is the same day with my birthday,it’s really a great coincidence,right?The birthday means to memory the day I came to the world, my mom bright me to the world.I love my mom.But unfortunately,the sweet time was interrupted by a cellphone call,my boss said that I had to work immediately,there was a emergancy.Mom was a little sad,but she said working is important my son,but it’s real a pity can’t celebrate your birthday.I didn’t appear my angry about my boss in home to make sure that mom don’t worry about me……That night,I came back at 9:00PM,withing smile on my face,even a little tired.Going home was so good,mom still wating for me to had dinner together,we have a great dinner,a little late,but so peaceful…I love my mom.

  13. What a beautiful tribute to a very special mother (and I loved the picture!). I tried to write a post about my mom for Mother’s Day but just couldn’t do it (she passed away six years ago). If I had seen your post first, I would have known how to write it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Aww, what a sweet comment, thank you. I’m sorry that your mom is no longer with you. I don’t like to think about the day when mine no longer is with me.

      Thanks again, MJ

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