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Speakers on for Memories by Margi Harrell


MOTHERS and MOMS
 

This is for the mothers who  sat up
 All night with sick toddlers in their arms,
 Wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer
 Wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying,
 It's okay honey, Mommy's here.

Who sat in rocking chairs for hours on end
soothing crying babies who can't be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show up at
 Work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains
 On their blouses and diapers in their purse.
 
For all the mothers who run carpools and
 Make cookies and sew Halloween costumes.
 And all the mothers who DON'T.
 
This is for the mothers who gave birth to
 Babies they'll never see.  And the mothers
 Who took those babies and gave them homes.
 
This is for the mothers whose priceless art
 Collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.
 
And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal
bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching
from the warmth of their cars. 
And that when their kids asked, 'Did you see me, Mom?
they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world,"
-- and mean it.
 
This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the
grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their
feet and scream for ice cream before dinner.  And for all the
mothers who count to ten.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with
 Their children and explained all about making
 Babies.  And for all the (grand) mothers who
 Wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.
 
This is for all the mothers who go
 Hungry, so their children can eat. 
 
For all the mothers who read 'Goodnight,
 Moon' twice a night for a year.  And then
 Read it again, 'Just one more time.'
 
This is for all the mothers who taught
 Their children to tie their shoelaces before
 They started school.  And for all the mothers
 Who opted for Velcro instead.
 
This is for all the mothers who teach their sons
 To cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.
 
This is for every mother whose head turns automatically
when a little voice calls 'Mom?
 In a crowd, even though they know their
 Own off springs are at home -- or even away
 At college -- or have their own families.
 
This is for all the mothers who sent their kids
 To school with stomach aches, assuring them
 They'd be just FINE once they got there, only
 To get calls from the school nurse an hour later
 Asking them to please pick them up.  Right away.
 
This is for mothers whose children have gone
 Astray, who can't find the words to reach them.
 
For all the mothers who bite their lips until they
 Bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.
 
For all the mothers of the victims of
 Recent school shootings, and the mothers
 Of those who did the shooting.
 
For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat
in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came
home from school, safely.
 
This is for all the mothers who taught their
 Children to be peaceful, and now pray
 They come home safely from a war.
 
What makes a good mother anyway?
 
Is it patience?  Compassion?  Broad hips? 
The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and
 Sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?
 
Or is it in her heart? 
Is it the ache she feels when she
 Watches her son or daughter disappear
 Down the street, walking to school alone
 For the very first time?
 
The jolt that takes her from sleep to
 Dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M.  To put
 Her hand on the back of a sleeping baby?
 
The panic, years later, that comes again
 At 2 A.M.  When she just wants to hear
 Their key in the door and know they
 Are safe again in her home?
 
Or the need to flee from wherever she is
 and hug her child when she hears news
 of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?
 
The emotions of motherhood are
 universal and so our thoughts are for
 young mothers stumbling through diaper
 changes and sleep deprivation...
 
And for mature mothers learning to let go.
 
 For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.
 
Single mothers and married mothers.
 
Mothers with money, mothers without.
 
This is for you all.  For all of us...
 
Hang in there.  In the end we can
 
only do the best we can. 

Tell them every day that we love them.  And pray
 and never stop being a mother...
 

Please pass along to all the mothers in your life.
 

Home is what catches you when
 you fall - and we all fall.'

author unknown

 

 

Motherís Day Blessing

Just as God gives to each rose
A gentle touch of dew
And gives unto each evening sky
The lovely sunsetís hue

So may he give to you
From his enduring love
Great happiness and heartsí content
And blessings from above.


 

 

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