For All Our Moms.......


In Memory<br>04/06/72 - 09/10/07<br>Moderator<br>W
Dec 6, 2001
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A Mother's Road

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, 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."

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."

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: "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

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." 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 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 tear
drop. 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!


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Oct 20, 2015
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Good post.Unfortunatly my children grew up without a mother.First drugs,then cancer took her at an early age.
Fortunatey I had a decent job and could pay a lady to stay at our home and take care of them while I worked nights.
I cooked their meals,did their homework with them,got them to school,etc.
Now when I was in the hospital they stepped up and it was my turn to be taken care of. I know of nothing closer than the bond I have with my kids now adults and every single day I am proud they chose to stick it out with me and keep the family ties strong.God Bless all of us.He got me through some very difficult times.