Sunday, May 10, 2009

What I like to see

My son, my daughter, my granddaughter—after dinner, on my deck. Andy reads to his niece. Emily watches and listens. I carry dishes inside. I'm lucky to have them so close to me. I know that, and when I feel that I feel a twinge of guilt about what my parents missed by our having moved hundreds of miles from them. But I think of what my mother said. "No matter how far away you go, I am with you in my heart and mind." And she was.

My children are adults with their own complicated lives. I feel no less a mother, however. The job has changed. Really, it's not so much a job as a state of mind. I think of all I have learned by being a mother, mostly about the nature of love and just how wide and deep it can be. I think I'm a better person for having had children—a different person than I would have been, for certain.

Happy Mothers' Day to everyone who is or has or had a mother.

8 comments:

  1. Happy Mother's Day to you!

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  2. Thanks. Very well said.

    Enjoy your day..

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  3. Happy Mother's Day! Your photo makes me yearn to be closer to my parents, but you (and your mother) are so right that we do stay connected in our hearts and minds.

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  4. I think I would experience an incredible loneliness if I didn't have my children. They both live far away, but I know where to find them! Both checked in today.

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  5. Lovely, Terry. I barely qualify, in that I had a mother, but I'll accept your wishes gratefully!

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  6. Nicely put Terry. YOu do have a lovely family. Glad you could spend the day together.

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  7. How wonderful! Happy Mothers Day!

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  8. Happy belated Mother's Day. That is a beautiful picture!

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