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A tribute to all Mothers

post #1 of 6
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Since Mother's Day is just around the corner, I thought I'd share this with all of you. Happy Early Mother's Day!
For those lucky to still be blessed with your Mom this
is beautiful. For those of us who aren't, this is even
more beautiful. For those who are moms, you'll love this.

The young mother set her foot on the path of
life. "Is this the long way?" she asked. And the guide
said: "Yes, and the way is hard. And you will
be old before you reach the end of it. But the
end will be better than the beginning."

But the young mother was happy, and she would
not believe that anything could be better than these
years. So she played with her children, and gathered
flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the
clear streams; and the sun shone on them, and the
young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."

Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was
dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and
the mother drew them close and covered them with her
mantle, and the children said, "Mother, we are not
afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and
the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother
was weary. But at all times she said to the children,"
A little patience and we are there. "So the children
climbed, and when they reached the top they said,
"Mother, we would not have done it without you."

And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up
at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the
last, for my children have learned fortitude in the
face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage.
Today, I have given them strength."

And the next day came strange clouds which darkened
the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the
children groped and stumbled, and the mother said:
"Look up. Lift your eyes to the light." And the
children looked and saw above the clouds an
everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the
darkness. And that night the Mother said, "This is the
best day of all, for I have shown my children God."

And the days went on, and the weeks and the months
and the years, and the mother grew old and she was
little and bent. But her children were tall and
strong, and walked with courage. And when the way was
rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a
feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond
they could see a shining road and golden gates flung
wide. And mother said: "I have reached the end of my
journey. And now I know the end is better than the
beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their
children after them."

And the children said, " You will always walk with us,
Mother, even when you have gone through the gates."
And they stood and watched her as she went on alone,
and the gates closed after her. And they said: "We
cannot see her, but she is with us still. A Mother
like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of
the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the
smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks; she's
the cool hand on your brow when you're not well. Your
Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's
crystallized in every tear drop. She's the place you
came from, your first home; and she's the map you
follow with every step you take. She's your first love
and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can
separate you. Not time, not space...not even death!
post #2 of 6
post #3 of 6
Thank you for posting that, Shell. That was wonderful!

My mom passed 12 years ago, so for me I celebrate Mother's day with and for my Dad. He's gone to the grocery store at 6 am to buy chicken soup, crackers and popsicles because I've been so sick with the flu I can't eat. He's stayed with me for a week after I've had surgery, just to make sure I healed OK. He's gone clothes shopping with me, and doesn't mind going shoe shopping (too much!). He's sat with me and held me while I cried over a relationship that ended badly (and he didn't even bad-mouth my ex). We gossip every Sunday and talk about nothing and everything. Although I miss my Mom every day, Dad has done a wonderful job filling her shoes. So, on Mother's day I think of all the Dads who have had to do two jobs.
post #4 of 6
I love this.....Thanks so much for sharing Shell!!!
post #5 of 6
Your father sounds like a true angel. It's always good to hear about some of the men who step up to the plate and involve themselves with their daughters/sons. It takes a real man to do it.

Thank you Shell so much for sharing this. I have three very special ladies in my life. My mother, grandmother, and greatgrandmother. My Nanny (great-gma) is 82 years old, with asthma and diabetes. She's in suprisingly good health even though her soul mate passed away just a few years ago. She has been widowed THREE times in her life. She's such a strong woman, and I love her more than words could ever express.

I feel like time is so precious and everytime I think about her I can't help but be riddled with guilt for not being able to spend as much time with her as I'd like. She's in Florida and I'm in California. When her time comes to go through those gates I'll be very crushed.

Reading this made me think of her, appreciate her, and know that when she does leave she'll be with me always. Thank you very much for sharing this.
post #6 of 6
My grandmothers have passed, but my Mom and Gary's mom is with us.

That was really beautiful - thanks for sharing, Shell!

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