I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Best Mother - and the Worst Mother

Today is Mother's Day. Every day should be Mother's Day. A good mother is the most valuable person in a child's life. A bad mother or a lack of a mother can have the worst possible effect on a child.

My Mother at 14, Lois Robison


Lois Robison Council
As we recently celebrated family with a gathering of my siblings and descendants of my parents, my mother's spirit was there, I know. I am convinced her purpose in life was to give her children the very best opportunity to live a happy life. She wanted me to grow up healthy because I had many childhood illnesses. She feared I would be hurt because I wore my feelings on my sleeves, and she saw how I could plummet to the depths of despair when someone hurt me. 

Like most mothers who love their children, she would have taken all pain from me and suffered it herself if she could. A good mother is selfless with her children. My friends said they wished she were their mother, not because she was easy on us, but because she was "motherly".

Not cut out for motherhood
I have seen women who don't seem to have the motherhood gene. A woman who lets a man come between her and her child is not a good mother. A woman who refuses to see that her boyfriend or husband abuses her child is a failure at motherhood.

Some mothers love their child, but don't enjoy their child. Mothers who can't show love, don't cuddle or hug a child, who are cold toward their child, teach them to be unfeeling and leave a lasting mark on that person. I have seen this behavior pass down through three generations. 

Unselfish Love
Mothers who love their children and show it, raise loving adults. That was my mother - the most loving person I have ever known. My sisters and I learned to love unselfishly. That is why on Mother's Day and every day, I think about my mother and what she did for me, gave me and taught me. Even now, after all the years she has been gone, I long to climb into her lap and feel her arms around me, smell the particular odor of her clean dress, her skin and the Ivory soap she used. Just a short time there cured most of my ills, and I am sure she would cure the sadness and sorrows of life now.
If I'd had children, I wanted to be exactly like my role model, the best mother in the whole world. 

4 comments:

DJan said...

This is a beautifully written tribute to a wonderful mother. I hope you have a fine day on Mother's Day, even if you haven't had any children yourself, the day is still yours too! :-)

Glenda Beall said...

Thanks, DJan. I always receive a beautiful card with such sweet sentiments from one of my nieces. That is special to me.
I saw her this morning and she presented me with her card and her love.It is wonderful to be remembered.

Lise said...

What a lovely post about your mom. I always feel a little melancholy on Mother's Day, missing my mom. It's good to have memories that fill my heart!

You are right, not everyone is cut out to be a mom...I wish there was a test people had to take before becoming pregnant so only those who had the love and skills to raise well adjusted people would be able to do so!

Glenda Beall said...

That is a great idea, Lise. Only loving people should have children, then maybe we wouldn't have these nut cases that kill innocent folks who have done them no harm.
But, too many unwanted children are brought into this world, I fear, and they often end up raising themselves, it seems. The fortunate ones are sometimes adopted by loving parents like my niece who has the cutest, sweetest young son she adores. I laughed at her when she said she wished his biological parents would get together "just one more time" for her.

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