Friday, May 7, 2004


 The young mother set her foot on the path of life.   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.

 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, she fed them and bathed them, taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike, and reminded them to feed the dog and do their homework and brush their teeth.

The sun shone on them and the young Mother cried, Nothing will ever be lovelier than this. 

The nights came, and the storms and the path was sometimes dark, and  the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and  covered them with her arms 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 as they climbed they learned to weather the storms.


  And with this, she gave them strength to face the world.  Year after year she showed them compassion, understanding, hope, but most of all,  unconditional love.

 And when they reached the top they said, Mother, we would not have done it without you.

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


 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 so much and are now passing these traits on to their children.

 And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her, and gave her their strength, just as she had given them hers.


  One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill 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 with  dignity and pride, with their heads held high, and so can their children after them.

 And the children said, 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 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 certain foods you remember, flowers you  pick and perfume that she wore, she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well, she's your breath in the air on a cold winters day.


 She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is your birthday morning.  Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. 

 A mother shows every emotion..
 happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow.. and all the while hoping and praying you will  only know the good feelings in life. 


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, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. 


 Not time, not space, not even death!


I Love You and I Miss You, Mother. Thank you for teaching me to be myself!

Mary Louise


jbcoupe said...

What a beautiful sentiment. Your mother did such a wonderful job raising loving, caring and compassionate girls. I pray Peggy is doing well today. God bless you. ;o)

beppeinpcola said...

Mother did give EACH of the 5 of us unconditional lovr....she was the "Wind Beneath Our Wings".  We miss you so much but you do live in our hearts and have made us who we are.....4 loving sisters also loving our only brother.  Thank you for your love all those years.  Betty Jean

krobbie67 said...

I think this is the most beautiful thing I have seen written in journal-land. What a wonderful tribute to your mother! Thanks for sharing it! :-) ---Robbie

tiredlms said...

This was very lovely.  I am a mother of four and you made me cry.

babymae1966 said...

Heartfelt tribute to your mom. The tears are flowing! Hope your Mother's Day was as wonderful as you are! Happy thoughts & blessings to you!

carolhehe said...

Mary Louise,
I haven't visited here in a long time but I sure am glad I did today. You took the feelings I had in my heart for my own deceased mother and put them to words.
ThankYou so much!

raket2001 said...

This is a beautiful entry....a really good one for a tired mom to read....

novelnotions04 said...

This was very touching. It brought tears to my eyes and they are still flowing. I still have my mom and treasure her. I dread the day I will have to say good bye. But like you said Mothers do live on. I hope to pass everything I have learned from  my mother to my own children. God Bless all our Moms and Dads:)