Morning Air Show
If I had my child to raise
All over again,
I’d build self-esteem first,
And the house later.
I’d finger-paint more,
And point the finger less.
I would do less correcting
And more connecting
I’d take my eyes off my watch,
And watch with my eyes
I’d take more hikes
And fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious,
And seriously play.
I would run through more fields
And gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
Mother Will Love You Anyway The hand that rocks the cradle Also makes the house a home. It is the prayers of a mother That makes the family strong. She rises early in the morning And bathes her day in prayer. Asking God to keep her family Safe in His loving care. A mother communicates her love In a thousand different ways. It shows in everything she does And in everything she says. A mother will stand by you Regardless of what you do or say. She’ll be there to dry your tears And guide you along the way. Mothers set a good example Of love, faith and prayer. When there is a need of any kind You’ll always find mother there. A mother loves you completely And makes it known each day. She never gives up on her child And she will love you anyway.
~ Lenora McWhorter ~
A Mother's Dictionary
Mother: Noun: one person who does the work of 20, for free.
ADULT: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in
BATHROOM: A room used by the entire family, believed by all except Mom to
COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
DATE: Infrequent outings with Dad where Mom can enjoy worrying about the
kids in a different setting.
EMPTY NEST: See "WISHFUL THINKING."
FABLE: A story told by a teenager arriving home after curfew.
GUM: Adhesive for the hair.
HINDSIGHT: What Mom experiences from changing too many diapers.
INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
JUNK: Dad's stuff.
KISS: Mom's medicine.
LEMONADE STAND: Complicated business venture where Mom buys powdered mix,
sugar, lemons, and paper cups, and sets up a table, chairs, pitchers and
ice for kids who sit there for three to six minutes and net a profit of 15
NAIL POLISH: part of an assortment of make-up items such as lipstick,
eyeliner, blush etc. which ironically make Mom look better while making
her young daughter look "like a tramp."
OVERSTUFFED RECLINER: Mom's nickname for Dad.
PANIC: What a mother goes through when the darn wind-up swing stops.
QUIET: A state of household serenity which occurs before the birth of the
first child and occurs again after the last child has left for college.
REFRIGERATOR: Combination art gallery and air-conditioner for the kitchen.
SPOILED ROTTEN: What the kids become after as little as 15 minutes with
TOWELS: See "FLOOR COVERINGS".
UNDERWEAR: An article of clothing, the cleanliness of which ensures the
wearer will never have an accident.
VACATION: Where you take the family to get away from it all, only to find
it there, too.
WALLS: Complete set of drawing paper for kids that comes with every room.
XOXOXOXOXO: Mom salutation guaranteed to make the already embarrassing
note in a kid's lunch box even more mortifying.
"YIPPEE!": What mother's shout the first day of school.
ZUCCHINI: Vegetable which can be baked, boiled, fried or steamed before
kids refuse to eat it.
Why Do Women Cry?
Why are you crying?" he asked his Mom. "Because I'm a woman" she told him.
"I don't understand," he said. His Mom just hugged him and said, "And you
Later the little boy asked his father, "Why does mother seem to cry for no
"All women cry for no reason" was all his dad could say…
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry…
Finally he put in a call to God; when God got on the phone, the man said,
"God, why do women cry so easily?"
"When I made woman she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong
enough to carry the weight of the world; yet gentle enough to give
I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that
many times comes from her children…
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else
gives up and take care of her family thorugh sickness and fatigue without
I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all
circumstances, even when their child has hurt them very badly…
This same sensitivity helps her to make a child's boo-boo feel better and
shares in their teenagers anxieties and fears…
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned
her from his rib to protect his heart. I gave her wisdom to know that a
good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and
her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly. I gave her a tear to shed,
it's hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed. It's her only
weakness… It's a tear for mankind…"
Ten Little Toes
THE VERY LAST TIME
From the moment you hold your baby in your arms you will never be the same
You might long for the person you were before
When you had freedom and time
And nothing in particular to worry about
You will know tiredness like you never knew it before
And days will run into days that are exactly the same
Full of feedings and burping
Nappy changes and crying
Whining and fighting
Naps or a lack of naps
It might seem like a never-ending cycle
But don’t forget….
There is a last time for everything
There will come a time when you will feed your baby for the very last time
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child
One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down
And never pick them up that way again
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone
They will hold your hand to cross the road
Then never reach for it again
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles
And it will be the last night you ever wake to this
One afternoon you will sing “the wheels on the bus” and do all the actions
Then never sing them that song again
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate
The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face
They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time.
The thing is, you won’t even know it’s the last time
Until there are no more times. And even then, it will take you a while to realise.
So while you are living in these times, remember there are only so many of them and when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them. For one last time.
T McLean 2014