Apologies a-plenty to any Spanish speakers if I went and mangled the lingo up above there. Anyhoo I want to mark this special day with a “Happy Happy” to all the mothers out there.
I also want to point out…since I see all too often women complaining on mothering boards about their mothers and moms-in-laws (oh, she wants to get my child a PLASTIC toy and I’m all about wooden toys…she keeps trying to give me advice from HER generation…etc.)…I just want to say give it a rest.
Unless your mother or mother in law is some raging harpy that never lets you know a moment’s peace in life…appreciate her. I still have my mom and even though she can drive me crazy it’s important for me as a mom to have her around as a grandma and also as her child to still have her as someone to sound off on. I have lot of friends who don’t have their moms anymore and it’s especially hard for the women. And even harder for those who have kids who never knew what it was like to have a grandma or who have had the experience taken from them too early in life.
Mothers aint perfect but I’d say most of them mean well enough and put in enough hard work being moms that they deserve plenty of love and respect not just today but most days.
For those who are mothers, Happy Mothers Day. To those who still have their moms, show them some love. To those who no longer have moms around, be strong, and remember the love you still hold in your hearts for them.
Miz Pink, signing off now to give her own mommy a call and to continue to enjoy some of that Mom’s Day love from the kids and Sir Pink myself.
Nah, I’m not talking about Gods Eyes, those little yarn and stick projects. I’m talkin about the pair on my new little girl Mini Pink Model 3. I’m reminded of the first two kids as I look at her face and how those big, moist eyes suck you in. I don’t think God’s eye (if he has any) are that innocent because Lord knows he’s seen everything. They’d be deeper and more complex. But still I can’t help thinking of God when I look at Mini Pink 3’s eyes. They are so open. So inviting. So utterly lacking in malice.
It’s the purest most untarnished thing that any of us probably get a chance to look at.
I know that we’re “born in sin” and we start early with the desires to keep things and take things and sometimes hurt others. But a newborn or an infant or even a toddler is for the most part so devoid of malice and scheming and nastiness that its a joy to look into their faces.
It gives me a bit of innocence I think. I think that when I look into my little newborn girl’s eyes that the love in my eyes must increase. My heart is filled and I am made a little better.
It’s one of those wonderful little gifts God gives us that we often don’t appreciate and that we too easily forget later on in the press of life.
It’s my third time and I’m sure I’ll forget how wonderful it is again when she’s saying “no” a billion times in a row or screaming becuase I won’t turn the TV on or something.
But for now I’m just goin to revel in those eyes.
(And no that’s not my baby girl. Just like I don’t post pics of me I don’t post pics of my family.)
No deep messages this weekend about religious stuff or anything that’s pissing me off. So instead, after raining on the Duggars’ parade and their huge and still-growing family with my previous post, just a simple shout-out here to all the mothers who put themselves out there emotionally, spiritually and physically for their kids. Both my wife and I lost our mothers relatively young (in their 50s), and it’s been a big hole in our lives, particularly with a very young girl who will never know the joy of having grandmothers doting all over her.
I love my wife for being my partner, lover and friend—and for making me a father, but today, I want Mrs. Blue to know that I love her most right now for being a great mom to our girl and to our son. To any other women I know who are mothers, you all rock! Keep the love and keep the faith.
And to close today’s message, a few nice quotes about motherhood:
- God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. (A Jewish Proverb)
- The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. (Honore de Balzac)
- To understand a mother’s love, bear your own children. (Chinese Proverb)
- Mother is the name for God on the lips and in the hearts of little children. (William Makepeace Thackeray)
- 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 troubles thicken 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)
- To nourish children and raise them against odds is any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons. (Marilyn French)
- No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement. (Florida Scott-Maxwell)
- 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)
- Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to “jump at de sun.” We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground. (Zora Neale Hurston)
- By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class. (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)
- Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own. (Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons)
- Giving kids clothes and food is one of thing, but it’s much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people (Dolores Huerta)
- It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding. (Erma Bombeck)
- Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. (Meryl Streep)