On Mothering

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

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


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, what I was sure was 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.”

Thank you, Mom, thank you.

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

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

*originally posted 5/6/2011

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26 thoughts on “On Mothering

  1. Perfect, MJ. Aren’t we blessed to have mothers who are our biggest cheerleaders? Your words brought back so many memories of my mom.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you, my friend!

  2. Yes, the greatest gift is a “Mother who is happy to be one.” Wonderful tribute, MJ. Perfect re-posting out of your “vault.”

  3. My mother may not have been perfect, and she fought a lot of demons throughout the course of my life…but she’s my mother, and I love her. Great post, MJ. You did your mother proud 😀

    • Thank you, Guy. She’s rather modest and can’t believe I share all this “emotional stuff with people on the internet.” Good for you for seeing past your mothers flaws to her heart 🙂 MJ

  4. My mother has been gone a long time. I still miss her and occasionally reach to give her a call. I have a thousand stories about her — some are touching, some sad and some hilarious. I wouldn’t have traded her for the world. I am who I am because of her and I’m fine with that. Wonderful tribute.

  5. Wow. That last line had me choked up, “The greatest gift I’ve ever received … is a Mother who is happy to be one.” Thank you for sharing your mom with us today. Happy Mother’s Day to you both!

    • Sadly, I know some children with a mother who doesn’t want to be one and that’s an awful burden to put on a child. “No child asked to be here; the least they deserve is to be loved and cherished” – my Mom.

      Happy Mother’s Day, Anka

  6. Lovely, MJ. Happy Mother’s Day.

  7. Your gratefulness says so much about the daughter your wonderful raised. Happy Mother’s Day MJ.

  8. Your mom was obviously such a strong, loving, and encouraging presence in your life. Happy Mothers Day to her and to you, MJ!

    • She was and is — and I get to spend 6 full days with her in about 3 weeks time 🙂 whee!! Happy Mother’s day to you, Terri. MJ

  9. Lovely tribute to your Mom. Mine was perfect for me! Happy Mother’s Day!

  10. Love the Robert Brault quote! And I love your quote at the end, I actually listed it on my blog quote page…with reference to you!

    I’ve been fortunate to have a great mother/daughter relationship – friendship – with my mom. So nice to see that in other women too…sometimes I think our culture almost celebrates the dysfunctional and unhappy mother/child relationship…like it’s a rite of passage to hate your mom! Sad! Thanks for the lovely reminder of how it should look! ~ Sheila

    • Thank you for the quote tie-back 🙂

      I am glad you have a good relationship with your Mom also — and I agree — is it that rare or is it just perpetrated as such? I’m not sure. I do know a few witchy moms who would be hard to have a relationship with though (my former dil’s mom being one of them – yikes). I love my Mom. I didn’t always understand her, nor she me, but I love her — to the moon and back.


  11. Oh, I love this, MJ. What a lovely tribute to your mom. It’s true! We all need someone to believe in us.

    By the way, it’s true. Sara and I have arrived safely in Ecuador, and I’m trying to get back into the routine of blogging. So far–I’m not doing to well.


    • Kathy! I am glad to hear from you and that you’ve both arrived safely in Ecuador 🙂 Will be looking for your posts.

      My Mom is my fiercest champion, without a doubt 🙂

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