Mothers are of a different breed.
They carry a child around in their tummies, under their hearts* for almost a year. They cuddle. They coo. They fuss. They nurse. They kiss. They scold. They stroke your cheeks. They throw icy glares.
They’re multi-dimensional, multi-talented, multi-tasking Special Forces from a whole different planet.
Some of them praise you when you do well in school. Some of them never praise, but merely nod and tell you not to get proud.
Many of them worry too much. Some of them worry just right. Few of them are perhaps too distracted to notice your bruises.
Most of them cook and make sure you’re well-fed and strong enough to step out into the world.
Most of them stay up when you’re running a fever.
Most of them rush to your defense when they think you’ve been bullied.
Most of the mothers I know cuddle more than glare. Most of them praise more than less, and aren’t quite so distracted. Many of them are great cooks. Many of them are great worriers, too.
All of them carried their children around under their hearts. The bond was first made in their tummies. Nobody else is our first friend. Not many people we meet later on can give us the advice our mothers do.
To put my heart
In everything I do.”
~ Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons
By Rob D. Walker and Leo & Diane Dillon
Happy Mother’s Day, all you mothers out there. Thank you for carrying us around, for staying up when we were sick, for making us strong, and for your wise words. Thank you for trying your best for us.
What’s the best advice your mother has given you? (What advice do you give your children?)
*The image of a baby living in his mother’s stomach, right under her heart, is from Andrei’s Search by Barbro Lindgren & Eva Eriksson. It’s about an orphan searching for his mother. The ending is a little strange for me, but its setting and characters are wonderful.
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