Column: Mothers love their children forever and always

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 8, 2005

Thursday afternoon, I helped set up for the Business and Professional Women’s scholarship event, Women’s Night Out.

Several of us were helping, including one mom of a couple of teen boys.

About an hour before the event was scheduled to begin, she announced she had to go home and change clothes and feed her boys.

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Though teens &045; and mostly self-sufficient &045; she wanted to make sure they were fed.

That’s just what a mom does.

Her action is symbolic of what we celebrate today &045; the love and caring of a mother &045; a position no one would apply for but which many aspire to do well.

Mothers really have no choice &045; it’s just our nature to take care of our loved ones.

I wanted to find an inspiring message for all mothers today. To help you find a similar one to share, Google the words &uot;inspiration-mothers.&uot; A list will show up which you may read from and where I found this message. To all mothers who serve as inspirations to their children &045; Happy Mother’s Day:

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. (Mother with her Children) &045; “Is this the long way?” she asked. And the guide said, “Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.&uot;

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and the sun shone on them and the young mother cried, “Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.”

(Mother with Daughter) &045;Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, “Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come.” And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children, “A little patience and we are there.” So the children climbed, and when they reached the top they said, “Mother, we would not have done it without you.” And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up at the stars and said, “This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today, I have given them strength.”

(Mother with Daughter) &045; And the next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said, &uot;Look up. Lift your eyes to the light.”

And the children looked and saw above the clouds an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness And that night the mother said, “This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God.”

And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage.

And when the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.

And mother said: “I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them.”

(Mother with Children) &045; And the children said, &uot;You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.”

And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said, “We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence.”

Your mother is always with you. She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks, she’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not well.

Your mother lives inside your laughter. And she’s crystallized in every teardrop. She’s the place you came from, your first home; and she’s the map you follow with every step you take.

She’s your first love and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate you … not time, not space … not even death.

May we never take our mother’s for granted.

&045; submitted by Dottie McElreath.

(Debbie Irmen is managing editor of the Tribune. Her column runs Sunday.)