It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Chapter 5, Page 13, Book 12

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.

Author Unknown

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!

'On Ya'-ma


jack69 said...

i know you will have a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! But more wishes anyway.
I have copied the letter for Sherry to give to her son.

That corgi :) said...

I hope you have a great Mother's Day, Ma! LOL with you describing yourself as a mean mom! I think you were a GREAT mom! The world needs mothers that will take a stand and discipline and teach their children and it seems like that is what you did, mixed with lots of love and praise!


Buttercup said...

I had a mean mom, too. Thankfully. I had to do chores, my school work, and go to Sunday School. I was a lucky girl and I would say the same for your children. Have a blessed day, my friend.

Pat MacKenzie said...

A beautiful blog today. Happy Mother's Day.


You were a GREAT mom. You taught them well. HAPPY MOTHER's DAY. The poem was lovely too. PS) Please keep my daughter in your prayers, would you. They just discovered 3 spots on her lungs. she's never smoked. And a big mass on her liver. They're going to do a biopsy soon. I am praying with all my heart these things are benign. She's only 36 and has two small children. You never know what the good Lord is going to throw your way. Fot the past month everything was in transition about something else. This week we are confronted with this.

JeanJournal said...

LOVE the post today, Ma...When CW & I married, we were 19 and I had a job I LOVED at LOCKHEED AIRCRAFT, Marietta, Ga. ~ typing, shorthand, etc. clerical work...and CW wanted us to have a child, and I said Okay, but 'there goes my job...((IN TODAY'S world ~ most children are raised by daycare or friends or grandparents AND THEY LIKE IT THAT WAY! ~ )) ~ Sometimes ~ I long for the old timey ways ~ HOPE YOUR MOTHER'S DAY IS WONDERFUL! ~ Jean(Rome Georgia Girl living in Clhoun

Chatty Crone said...

I loved your post today and am going to save it. I had read the second, but not the first. It was great. Do you have any children? What is the page, book number thing on the top of your post - like your post is a book? Very interesting.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Love, sandie