Happy Mother's Day (soon!)

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Happy Mother's Day (soon!)
Mon, 05-05-2003 - 3:58pm
Found this in email today, and wanted to pass it on to the mothers here at IVillage:


The idea is to have this touch every Mother by the time

Mother's Day actually rolls around. I think we can all relate

to at least part of this.

If you send this to just one person, it should

make it all the way around by Mother's Day.

This is for all the mothers who have sat up all

night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up barf

laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid

saying, "It's OK honey, Mommy's here."

Who walk around the house all night with their

babies when they keep crying and won't stop.

This is for all the mothers who show up at work

with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their

blouses and diapers in their purse.

For all the mothers who run carpools and make

cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the

mothers who DON'T.

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.

This is for all the mothers who froze their buns

off on metal bleachers at football or soccer games

Friday night instead of watching from cars, so

that when their kids asked, "Did you see me?" 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 grocery store and swat them in despair

when they stomp their feet like a tired 2-year old

who wants ice cream before dinner.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with

their children and explained all about making babies.

And for all the mothers who wanted to but just


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


This is for all the mothers who teach their sons

to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for all mothers whose heads turn automatically

when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even

though they know their own off spring are at home.

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 sometimes

until they bleed - when their 14 year olds dye their

hair green.

What makes a good Mother anyway?

Is it patience?


Broad hips?

The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew

button on a shirt, all at the same time?

Or is it 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

sleeping baby?

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?

For all the mothers of the victims of all these

school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the


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.

And the mothers of war.

This is for mothers who put pinwheels and teddy

bears on their children's graves.

This is for young mothers stumbling through diaper

changes and sleep deprivation.

And mature mothers learning to let go.

For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.

Single mothers and married mothers.

Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all.

Avatar for cl_daisy526
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 05-05-2003 - 11:28pm
Wonderful, Karen... thank you so much for posting this, it is just great! I hope you have a great Mother's Day too! Hope all is going well...

*** Daisy ***

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Avatar for feralwoman
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 05-07-2003 - 4:37pm
You're one of the first to come to mind ~ so glad it found you. It's heartening to meet another so consciously committed to this hard work.

Happy Mother's Day :)

Much love, Karen

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Registered: 04-05-2003
Thu, 05-08-2003 - 3:10pm