- Mar 11, 2006
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- Hemsworth west yorkshire
This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in
their arms, wiping up spew saying 'It's all right honey, Mummy's here.'
Who have 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 nappies
in their hand bags.
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.
And for the mothers who lost their baby in that precious 9 months that they will never get to watch grow on earth but one day will be reunited with inHeaven!
This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on
their refrigerator doors. And for all the mothers who froze their bums
on metal stands at football or soccer games instead of watching from the
warmth of their cars, so that when their kids asked, 'Did you see me,
Mum?' 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 shops 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 instead, but
realize how child abuse happens.
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 play footy.
This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little
voice calls 'Mum?' in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring
are at home -- or even away at uni.
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 14year-olds dye their hair green.
This is for all the step-mothers who raised another woman's child or
children, and gave their time, attention, and love... Sometimes totally
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 you feel
when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking
to school alone for the very first time? The jolt that takes you from
sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. To put your hand on the back
of a sleeping baby? The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M.
when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe
again in your home? Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug
your child when you hear 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 nappy changes and sleep deprivation...
And mature mothers learning to let go. For working mothers and
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.
Please pass along to all the Mums in your life.
'Home is what catches you when you fall - and we all fall.'
Please pass this to a wonderful mother you know. (I just did.)