Another Mothers Day has come and gone. I have been a mother for 47 years and a grandmother for 21 years.
I have been a daughter for almost 67 years and I am blessed to still have my mother with me. We live in the same house and just like when I was growing up she is still taking care of me. She has always been a good example for her children to follow. I realize I come up short in comparison but so does everyone else.
It seems we have to become a mother to really appreciate what our own mothers did for us.
Being a grandmother is easy. You just find out what the grandchildren want and take care of it.
We can let the parents do all of the hard stuff and we just get to enjoy being the "grand" parent.
For many years the women in our church start Mother's Day with a breakfast prepared and served by the men of our church. I have to give them an A+ for the job they do. It is always good and they even decorate the tables and do all the clean up. It is a good way to start our special day.
We return the favor on Father's Day but still I have to give them credit for the great job they did this year and every year.
Too many times we are so busy during the years of raising our children, we don't take enough time to really be thankful for the time we have with them. In all the hustle and bustle is easy to forget what joy motherhood truly brings.
It is amazing how fast the first 18 to 20 years of motherhood passes. We start out taking our children to kindergarten and before we know it we are watching them graduate.
Riverside seniors graduated May 7, Manila followed Monday, May 15, and BIC will honor their graduates on May 22.
Graduation is a sad time and a happy time for mothers. We are happy our children made it through high school but we know life as we know it will change. We are happy for them as they move on to adulthood but a little sad because they will not be with us every day. We can't remind them to get their homework, practice their piano, get to the dentist on time, and all of those other things we do.
Again, we have to be there as a mother to realize our mothers must have felt the same way and we never gave it a second thought. So, chances are, our children will not give it a second thought as they go on their merry ways.
Life is a circle.
I hope all mothers had a good day on Sunday. I appreciate my children and the love and joy they have given me for 47 years.
I hope my mother knows how much I appreciate all of the sacrifices she has made for me and my siblings over the years.
She raised four of us and I think all of us would agree she is like the mother referred to in Proverbs 31:27-28 "She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed...."
It would be a good idea to thank our mothers on a regular basis every day. Don't wait until next year. Once a year is just not enough for all they have done for us.