Sunday, May 12, 2013

~Consider what mothers do~(Author Unknown)

Received this by e-mail in reply to a post of mine...
Reading this brought tears to my eyes....

 The Mother

1. When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed 
you. you thanked her by crying all the night.
2. When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk. 
You thanked her by running away when she called.
3. When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals 
with love. You thanked her by tossing your plate on 
the floor.
4. When you were 4 years old, she gave you some 
crayons. You thanked her by coloring the dinning room 
5. When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the 
holidays. You thanked her by looping into the nearest
 pile of mud. 
6. When you were 6 years old, she walked you into
 school. You thanked her by screaming, "I'M NOT GOING".
7. When you were 7 years old, she bought you a
 baseball. You thanked her by throwing it through the
 next-door-neighbor window.

 8. When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice
 cream. You thanked her by dripping it all over your 
9. When you were 9 years old, she paid for piano
 lessons. You thanked her by never even bothering to 
practice it.
10. When you were 10 years old, she drove you all day, 
from soccer to gymnastic to one birthday party after 
another. You thanked her by jumping out of the car and 
never looking back.
11. When you were 11 years old, she took you and your 
friends to the movies. You thanked her by asking to 
sit in the different row.
12. When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to 
watch certain TV shows. You thanked her by waiting 
until she left the house.
13. When you were 13, she suggested a haircut that was 
becoming. You thanked her by telling her she had no 
14. When you were 14, she paid for a month away at 
summer camp. You thanked her by forgetting to write a 
single letter.
15. When you were 15, she came home from work, looking 
for a hug. You thanked her by having your bedroom door 
16. When you were 16, she taught you how to drove her 
car. You thanked her by taking it every chance you 
17. When you were 17, she was expecting an important 
call. You thanked her by being on the phone all night.
18. When you were 18, she cried at your school
 graduation. You thanked her by staying out partying 
until dawn.
19. When you were 19, she paid for your college
 tuition, drove you to campus, carried your bags. You 
thanked her by saying good-bye outside the dorm 
so you wouldn't be embarrassed in front of you friends. 
20. When you were 20, she asked whether you were
 seeing anyone. You thanked her by saying "It's none of
 you business".
21. When you were 21, she suggested certain careers 
for your future. You thanked her by saying "I don't
 want to be like you".
22. When you were 22, she hugged you at your college 
graduation. You thanked her by asking whether she 
could pay for a trip to Europe.
   23. When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your 
first apartment. You thanked her by telling your 
friend it was ugly.
24. When you were 24, she met your fiancé and asked 
about your plans for the future. You thanked her by 
glaring and growling, "Muuhh-ther, please!"
25. When you were 25, she helped to pay for your
 wedding, and she cried and told how deeply she loved 
you. You thanked her by moving halfway across the 

 26. When you were 30, she called with some advice on 
the baby. You thanked by telling her, "Things are 
different now." 
27. When you were 40, she called to remind you of a 
relative's birthday. You thanked her by saying you 
were "really busy right now."
28. When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to 
take care of her. You thanked her by reading about the 
burden parents become to their children.
  29. And then, one day, she quietly died. And
 everything you never did, came crashing down like 
thunder on your heart.


~Message From A Mom To Her Child~Author unknown

~Message From A Mom To Her Child~

(Author unknown)
I gave you life, but cannot live it for you.
I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.
I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.
I can buy you beautiful clothes,but I cannot make you beautiful inside.
I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.
I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.
I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor.
I can advise you about friends, but cannot choose them for you.
I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure.
I can tell you about alcohol & drugs,but I cannot say "no" for you.
I can tell you about lofty goals, but I cannot achieve them for you.
I can teach you about kindness, but I cannot force you to be gracious.
I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.
I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life.
I can love you with unconditional love all of my life.... and I will.

MOTHERHOOD~A Glorious Career~(Author unknown)

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office,
was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation...
She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself....
'What I mean is, ' explained the recorder,
'do you have a job or are you just a ...?'
"Of course I have a job," snapped the woman....
"I'm a Mom......"
'We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it,'
Said the recorder emphatically....
I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall...
The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised,
efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
'Official Interrogator' or 'Town Registrar.....
'What is your occupation?' she probed.....
What made me say it? I do not know....
The words simply popped out.....
"I'm a Research Associate in the field of
Child Development and Human Relations."
The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and
looked up as though she had not heard right....
I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.....
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.....

'Might I ask,' said the clerk with new interest,
'just what you do in your field?'
Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,
I heard myself reply,
"I have a continuing program of research,
(what mother doesn't) In the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out)....
I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
(any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it)....
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money."
There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she
completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door....
As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,
I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern....
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than 'just another Mom.....'
"Motherhood"~ What a glorious career! 
Especially when there's a title on the  door....
Does this make grandmothers 'Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations'? 
And great grandmothers 'Executive Senior Research Associates'?
I think so!
I also think it makes Aunts 'Associate Research Assistants'.

Author unknown~