Who Is A Mother?
“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
Your mother carried you in her womb for nine months or less. If she survived that uncertain period (because some don’t make it) she then endured hours of pain in labour.
She nurtured you
Giving birth was the start of your journey together. Your mother held you, her new treasure, tenderly in her arms. You were helpless and depended totally on her for nurturing.
- She gave you milk when you were hungry.
- Changed your nappy when you were wet.
- Comforted you when you cried.
- Cuddled you when you were afraid.
- Picked you up when you fell over and cut your knees.
- Fed you with medicine and kisses when you were ill.
- Kept you warm and cosy when you were cold.
- Protected you from danger and harm.
“Who ran to help me when I fell, And would some pretty story tell, Or kiss the place to make it well? My mother.” ~Ann Taylor
She loved you as she cared for you. There’s no more fulfilling love than that between a mother and her newborn baby
Where is your love and respect gone?
The years passed by and you got older. Mummy’s little girl is now a teenager. You don’t depend on mother anymore. Your friends and new-found maturity are more important. That unconditional love you had for your mother is replaced with attitude. When she speaks to you, if you’re not happy with what she has to say, you walk off leaving her standing there in disbelief. Sometimes you treat her like she’s a stranger on the street. You don’t confide in her anymore. You may put all your trust in friends, but no one knows you better than your mother.
Why has she become so alien to you? You don’t show her love or respect anymore. Every so often when she’s in her room alone at night, she cries. The tears flow because she is hurt by the way you treat her. She still loves you, because you’re her child, and that will never change.
Maybe your father was around when you were born. But months or even years later, your mother became single because of life’s circumstances.
She is the head of the household and responsible for paying the rent or mortgage, council tax, electricity, gas and other bills. If she couldn’t or didn’t pay those bills, you would probably be homeless and living in a hostel. But mother makes sure she takes care of you. She puts food on the table and creates a safe, warm environment for you. She may even go without some luxuries, so that you can have what you want, which is not always what you need.
She’s not a machine
There are times when you treat her like a machine. You try to switch her on and off with your emotions. When you want something from her you’re sweet and kind. But if you don’t get what you want, you sulk or throw tantrums like a little child.
What will you do when she’s gone?
When she’s no longer there, who will comfort you when friends hurt you and you are sad? Who will advise you when you have a problem or cheer you up when you’re feeling depressed? Don’t be like one of those women who are living a life of regrets, wishing they could turn the clocks back. When your mother has gone, it will be too late!
A mother deserves your love
Friends, boyfriends and husbands come and go, but you only get one mother. As long as she’s alive, she will always be there; whether you acknowledge her or not. She deserves to be loved, respected, cherished, cared for and adored.
“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
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