Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day

©Susan Jaye 2013
Happy Mother's Day!    .

In 1994, I was fed up with Mother's Day cards.  Every card I saw, either said something snarky or sappy, and nothing came close to saying what I wanted to say.  So, I wrote one myself; a sort of poem to my mom that served as that year's card.  She loved it, and kept it in her bedside table. 

She died in 2005.  We had a wonderful and fun bond, and I will always consider her, my first great, love.

As I am a mom now, I continuously try to build a good relationship with my daughters. 
So, in honor of moms everywhere, both present, past and future I share my Mother's Day card.
For me, it's as true now, as it ever was.

To Mom
There have been countless times when I told that I loved you,
Countless times that I've thanked you for being there and being my mom.
But in case there are times when I don't or won't say it, I want you know always
What I feel in my heart.

You raised me to laugh and to sing songs on a swing set.
You opened the door to the world of make believe;
a world of Mable and Charles and Pokey the Puppy.
You protected me from the Wicked Witch of the West and the Abominable Snowman;
yet encouraged me to see that I was strong enough to face them alone.
You showed me the warmth and the comfort of a thunderstorm as well as the sun.
You held me and helped me through times of tears,
Whether it was a broken toy or a broken dream.
Then helped me to find the courage to pick up the pieces and create something new.
As I grew and life became more interesting and complicated,
You were there to share, to listen, always with an open mind and an open heart.
Because of you, I never learned to lie- I never needed to.
I knew whatever I did, no matter how it was judged by others,
It would be accepted and loved by you, for it was part of my journey to discovering me.

Through this unconditional love I have been set free. Free to live without the need for secrets to create lies, and free to love others as they are, not who I wish for them to be.
And free to be all that I can be, in each moment of my life, perfectly me.

                                                                                                Thank you, all my love.


Here are some quotes about Motherhood from different sources.

"Mothers are all slightly insane." - J.D. Salinger

"If evolution really works, why do mothers only have two hands?" -Milton Berle
(My thought on this one- Early on in when I became a mom, I thought it would be helpful to be born an octopus, giving me eight hands; till the "mommy brain" cleared, and I realized that would mean that I would have octopi as offspring, thus, defeating the purpose.  Please see: Ever Feel Like This?)

"Having kids-- the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, reponsible human beings--is the biggest job anyone can embark on." -Maria Shriver

"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That's his."
- Oscar Wilde

"A mother is neither cocky, nor proud, because she knows the school principle may call at any minute to report that her child has just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium." -Mary Kay Blakely

"Sometimes the laughter in mothering is the recognition in the ironies and the absurdities.  Sometimes, though, it's just pure, unthinking delight." -Barbara Shapiro

"The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children." -Elaine Heffner


Happy Mother's Day.

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