Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt - My Momma!

My 55th
This Week's Theme: Funny Signs
SPH Headquarters ~ The Other 54

My Mom & my first born, Shelby.

In Honor of Mother's Day, A Tribute To Mothers.

This is for the mothers who have sat up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, wiping up puke laced with Oscar Mayer wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying, "It's okay honey, Mommy's here".

Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can't be comforted. This is for all the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.

For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON'T.

This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.

And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal bleachers at football , hockey or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars, so that when their kids asked, "Did you see me, Mom?" they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't have missed it for the world," and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids in the grocery store and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for all the mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and explained all about making babies. And for all the (grand) mothers who wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.

For all the mothers who read "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And then read it again. "Just one more time."

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to tie their shoelaces before they started school. And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head turns automatically when a little voice calls "Mom?" in a crowd, even though they know their own offspring are at home -- or even away at college.

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids to school with stomach aches, assuring them they'd be just FINE once they got there, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find the words to reach them.

For all the mothers who bite their lips until they bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting.

For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child who just came home from school, safely.

This is for all the mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good Mother anyway?

Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?

Or is it in her heart? Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?

The jolt that t takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?

The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home?

Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and sleep deprivation...

And mature mothers learning to let go.

For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.

Single mothers and married mothers.

Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all. For all of us.

Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can. Tell them every day that we love them. And pray.

42 comments, add yours here:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

happy mother's day honey!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Leslie said...

Hi and happy Mother's Day. :)

Sarge Charlie said...

what a nice tribute to your mother, happy mothers day to you

Napaboaniya said...

Very sweet :)
Happy Mother's Day to both your mom and you!

Natalie said...

Lovely photos! I posted a picture of my mom and my first born earlier this week.

eastcoastlife said...

awwww.... what a lovely tribute to mothers!

Happy Mother's Day!

jmb said...

Lovely photo for Mother's Day. Have a great weekend and good Mother's day yourself.

Picturing of Life said...

great choice for mother's day. happy mother's day.

Will you visit mine Thanks

juliana rw said...

great post for tomorrow. happy mother's day......

Mine in here Thanks

Lana G! said...

Oh sweet! Happy Mother's Day!

leslie said...

What a wonderful tribute to mothers everywhere. I did a tribute to my own mother and I hope you pop over to see it. Have a great week. :D

julie said...

Oh, what a sweet post.

Happy Mother's Day to you and your dear mom :)

genny said...

Oh such a sweet tribute to moms...Happy mother's day too and happy hunting..

Amazing Gracie said...

Thanks for making me cry...
That was a wonderful post. I miss my mom so much. She died in '92 and I still want to pick up the phone and just hear her voice...
You're a super-duper mom and I think I know why...
~~~Blessings~~~

Stine said...

Thank you... Great post.

Sweeta said...

Beautiful! Happy Mother's Day!

Dragonstar said...

You made me cry. What a lovely post, and sweet photos.

Lynn said...

The post is very heartwarming. Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Chikai said...

those are very precious shots. thanks for sharing. :) and happy mother's day to you too!

Hootin' Anni said...

I like this a lot!

Happy Mother's day to you too.


For my photo hunt, my sweet cheeks and I are celebrating our 40 year wedding anniversary. Stop by for a piece of our wedding cake.

Happy weekend.

Carver said...

This is a great mother's day post. Love the shots and sentiment.

Daisy said...

I love those photos! Happy Mother's Day!

Cheerio said...

They are so adorable photos. All so filled with love and warmth.
Happy Mother's Day!

Sue said...

What a lovely post! Happy PH ans Mothers Day! :)

Liz said...

Lovely tribute.

jenny said...

Very nice!!

Have a great weekend!

the teach said...

Happy Mother's Day, Tish! I bet you're the best mother in the word! :)

Frances said...

How sweet. Happy Mothers Day!

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

Very sweet. :) What a lovely scrapbook page! Happy Mother's Day. :)

Deb @ Sugarfused said...

Such a touching and sweet tribute. Happy Mother's Day :)

Akelamalu said...

Happy Mother's Day and I love that tribute!

PastorMac's Ann said...

WONDERFUL choice for our "free" theme this week.

feefifoto said...

What a lovely tribute. Happy Mother's Day to you and all the rest of us.

WillThink4Wine said...

Happy Mother's Day to you and your Momma! Very sweet photos!

Bonggamom said...

Happy Mother's day to you and your mother.

Travis said...

Happy Mother's Day!

jams o donnell said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mum. Have a great weekend

Sandy & Dick said...

Love the tribute! Happy Mother's Day sweetie...xoxoxo

ellen b said...

Lovely tribute! Happy Mother's day...

Colleen said...

How sweet...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Sammawow said...

Happy Mother's Day to you and your Mom!

JM said...

Happy moms day to you and to your mom1