A Message from a Mom to her Child...
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 tell you about alcohol and drugs, but I cannot say no for you.
I can tell you about lofty goals, but I cannot achieve them for you.
I can tell 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.
Happy Mothers Day!
There are many things a parent must teach a child, and I tried to do all the things above and more. For me my teaching days are about over, but I do love all of my children.
I was one of the meanest mothers in the whole world. It's true. While others ate candy for breakfast, mine had to have cereal, eggs and toast. I insisted that I had to know who they were with and where they were going at all times, and I set a curfew for when they had to be in.
I made sure they learned to wash dishes, make beds, clean the floor and do laundry. I was a mean Mom. But I never forgot to hug and kiss them good night and tell them just how much I loved them.
It seems like just yesterday, I had little fingerprints on the wall and I loved each and everyone one of them too!
Now the fingerprints belong to my grandchildren. What a blessing!
I want to wish you all a Happy Mothers Day today. I hope it is filled with wonderful memories, warm hugs and kisses, and lots of surprises too!