Mothers Day is special-no mistaking that-almost feeling like we need to give a "shout out" to say "God Thank You for Giving Us Moms"-yes, none of us Moms are perfect-some we gladly hold up as a wonderful example, others we "hear" about and our hearts ache, for these are Moms who somehow got off track of loving a child-and the stories are too many and filled with heartbreak. Even these Moms need a prayer-for God to help heal the damage within them. A prayer should also be said for all women out there, not yet experiencing the Role of Mom-only dreaming about it, living with the sad ache in their hearts.
So after some thought, I decided to share about Two Moms that have played a huge role in my life: I start with my dear Mom-in-law who I simply knew as Aggie-we formed a bond that moved so far past the daughter in-law/Mom-in-law relationship-God blessed me with a wonderful Friend! We laughed together over things that nobody else would find funny, she taught me lessons that at the time-perhaps I thought why is she telling me this" and yet years later, the meaning of her words came home and suddenly I knew-she had been passing on her message to me, hoping I had listened, because Aggie was taken from us too soon-her life ending from the violence of Murder! Yet after her death, it seemed she was still telling us "you must learn to forgive" and even in the sorrow of losing this amazing woman, I heard those words in my heart and try to follow the amazing example of this fantastic woman.
Now for my Mom-well she was one of a kind-there is no other way to put it and I have started to see some
of her amazing sense of humor in my Own crazy "You would not believe what just happened stories" and think, how she must be smiling down, as I now am truly learning the deep value of humor in my life. There are so many memories of this woman- I could fill the pages of her unusual antics-but the other side of her warms my heart-I have a vivid memory of seeing her sitting up late at night, in her favorite chair, with a very worn Bible in her lap, pages torn from being looked at over and over. One night I asked what her favorite part of the Bible was-she paused for a second and said "Every page! As I read at night, I am also sitting here and praying for each of my children-I never miss a night on doing that!" It touched me and is now a lesson passed on as I pray for my Son each night.
I grew up on a farm and if we had one Cat, it seemed like we had ten of them-and for reasons only known by my Mom, she did Not take a shining toward them! When meal-time arrived and a grandchild needed a highchair, there was nobody more inventive then Moma- suddenly she would reach into some hidden corner and be stacking some of the oldest phonebooks possible-one on top of the other, usually taking at least six-eight of them-and finishing the job by carefully planting the grandchild as the crowning Top of this creation!
It worked for her, a child Never fell and the meal began and we all cherished this Special HighChair created by the love of a GrandMother.
My young son got to witness the bad relationship between Mom and Cats up close one night-as we were all sitting and eating, everything relaxed and easy when suddenly-the Cats arrived to start climbing up the Screen Door-almost a way of letting my Mom know-"Heh-we can smell good cooking-feed us too!"
Suddenly Mom had leaped from her chair, grabbed a Broom and was swinging at those Cats as if her very life depended on it! To this very day, I can still see my young son-his blue eyes Huge with Wonder-probably thinking "Wow, Granny can really Swing A Broom" and then just as quickly, Mom was settled back at the table, as if nothing had happened-with all of us sitting there- mouths hanging open in shock! She was so cool about her "Broom Moment"-simply brushed it off by saying "Well, I bet those Cats never show up at my Door Again!" It is one for the books-and gives me a loving chuckle for this Moms Day.
Thank goodness we only have two cats here on our farm and I don't see myself bringing the "Broom Swing" back into action. That one was a classic and belongs to my Mom. So as this Mothers Day approaches, I look toward the Heavens, giving thanks for these two Women-who touched my life in so many ways.
Yes- I am a Mother too. I pray God be with all Moms on this Special Weekend. martha