This week I can’t but help think of Mother’s Day approaching this weekend and thus to be thankful not only for my own mother…but for all of the mothers that are in my life. Relationships with mothers can be very difficult things fraught with a complex array of emotions: Anger, Resentment, Competition, Gratitude, Love etc.
We don’t always see eye to eye with our mothers…for some of us this improves with age and time…for others it’s a lifelong struggle. Regardless it’s a struggle that is well worth the effort.
“Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.” ~Pearl S. Buck
“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” ~Tenneva Jordan
“Mother’s love grows by giving.” ~Charles Lamb
“No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones.” ~Harry Truman
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ~Washington Irving
Appreciate the mothers around you this Sunday, and every day, for all that they do within their families and communities…and find at least one mother (your own, an in-law, sister, best friend, best friend’s mom…) to whom you can express that thankfulness.
❤ I am thankful for my mother – for I know the love in her heart though her actions may not demonstrate it.
❤ I am thankful for my sisters – for the wonderful parents that they have become to my precious nieces and nephews.
❤ I am thankful for my almost-in-law – for always being quick with a hug, a kind word, and a helping hand.
❤ I am thankful to my new niece’s foster mom in Thailand – for the love and care that she provides knowing the heartache of separation that will follow the adoption.
❤ I am thankful for all of my friends who are parents – they have the tough task of raising the next generation to be responsible and compassionate.
What Mother are you thankful for this week?