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I rarely re-publish a previously written blogpost, but Mother's day is deserving of this encore. Written four years ago, these sentiments are tiimeless...Happy Mother's Day to all Moms everywhere!!!

A Mother becomes a Mother long before you are born. She is your protector from the very beginning. She communicates with you when no one else possibly can. She is your source of nourishment before you even know you are hungry. You are part of her like no other can be, just as she is a part of you. This is an inextricable bond that has a beginning, but has no end. This woman is your Mother.

And this special relationship manifests itself as long as each of you lives. And you will remember it well. You recall that first day of school as she prepared you for your first real-world experience, the first time you ever separated. You were nervous...She assured you it would be okay...you said goodbye...you struggled not to cry as you left her. You had no idea how she wept after you had gone ...she missed you already but she was strong for you. This was the first test for both of you, and there would be many more as she helped map your life... encouraging , advising, speaking out, being silent, trying to achieve that delicate balance between holding on and letting go. This is what a Mother does.

And all the while you had no idea of any of this. You took it for granted. How could you know...you were a kid. It was your priority to have fun and leave the heavy lifting to your mother. You had arguments over the years, some very heated, where you said things you didn't mean. But she was looking to protect you in a world she knew much better than you did. No matter what you said or what you did...regardless of how angry she may have been, she would always love you, unconditionally. This is what a Mother does.

And how all of us needed that...someone we could always count on. Yes she could hand out the punishment but after it was over, the slate was clean again and in your heart you knew she was right. You knew she always had a good reason and somehow you learned a little bit more about what was right and what was wrong...and the consequences of bad behavior. This is what a Mother does.

She not only watches you develop and grow...She is the stimulus. She encourages you to explore your interests and develop your talents. Ball games, music lessons, boy/girl scouts, school plays, driving you everywhere you need to be, somehow always being available because make no mistake... you are always first...she works everything around your needs and that never stops. Your Mother is a giver... because that's what a Mother does.

When you are an adult, and only then, can you realize and appreciate the sacrifices that were made for you...only now, do you really 'get it.' If your mother is alive today, hug her and thank her for her unselfish love and devotion to you that began so long ago and has never stopped. Hold on to her for as long as God allows. If she is gone, honor her memory every day that you live and continue to make her proud of you. She is the reason you are alive and she is celebrating your life from a special place reserved for Mothers. She is looking down on you and your family, watching what she helped to create. That's what a Mother does...and it lasts forever.

Straight Ahead,
johntheblogger

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(Anonymous)
May. 10th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
Mothers
"That what a mother does" - a great phrase because it is true. it is automatic to do what it takes to help your kid. Lately, I have had interesting conversations with younger friends who have not had the wonderful experience of a nurturing mother. There will always be something missing for that kid: a hole that can't be filled until he/she becomes a mom or a dad. Then the opportunity arrives to become a loving and nurturing parent - to start your own legacy.

Thanks for the reprint, Jack!
johntheblogger
May. 10th, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Mothers
Thanks for your response. I was fortunate to have a great Mom and forever grateful for that. I wish I knew who you are but you came across anonymous. Can you Identify yourself?

Jack
johntheblogger
May. 10th, 2014 10:18 pm (UTC)
from John Higgins via e-mail
Jack:

Another great blog.

It reminded me of the time my 50 year old mother ran up to me in the airport, when I came home from Vietnam, she was laughing and crying at the same time.

Thanks for the memories.

Hig
johntheblogger
May. 10th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: from John Higgins via e-mail
Thanks John, for recalling a heartfelt moment with your mother and sharing it. These special memories...we appreciate now more than ever as we grow older AND wiser. It can get pretty emotional.

Happy Mothers Day to Diane!

Jack
(Anonymous)
May. 11th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
mothers
Whew john gulp....your take on us moms is beyond beautiful.
johntheblogger
May. 11th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: mothers
Thanks. Don't know who wrote this, but Happy Mother's Day to you. Can you ID yourself, please?
John
(Anonymous)
May. 11th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Amen John-I just wish some would be moms (and fathers) took being a parent a bit more seriously. --peter
johntheblogger
May. 11th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
via e-mail from Marynita Anderson
Thanks, John. This is a perfect summary of what a Mother is. You and I were lucky, because our Mothers fulfilled all that you described. Yes, we do honor our Mothers today although it is with a bittersweet memory.
Best wishes, Marynita
johntheblogger
May. 11th, 2014 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: via e-mail from Marynita Anderson
Thanks. Yes Marynita, we don't get to choose our parents, and we both hit the lottery. Always felt fortunate for that!

Hope you had a great Mother's Day and were able to talk with your sons.

John
(Anonymous)
May. 13th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
John,
Thanks for a very thoughtful reflection on mothers. It brought back many great memories of the wonderfully dedicated women who cared for and nurtured us . I always felt very welcome in your home .
Bobby A.
johntheblogger
May. 18th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
Yes Bobby, we had great mothers who were best friends, and I'm certain they are now together again.
Thanks for writing.
John
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