Monday, April 12, 2010

Thinking of Mother

Women know the way to rear up children to be just. They know a simple, merry, tender knack of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes, and stringing pretty words that make no sense. And kissing full sense into empty words.  Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Oh the Victorians, and their impossibly idealistic world. Amazing that they clung to such refinements and dreams in the face of disease and hardships. Rearing up children goes far beyond those frirst enamored months of 'kissing full sense into empty words'. Mothers are commandos. Days on end in the trenches with no sleep and a feverish child, and the rest of the troops to attend to. Mountains of all kinds, laundry, dishes, toys to scale and conquer on a daily basis. Plus tying the merry sash...

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Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. Elizabeth Stone
Truer words were never spoken. There should be a big and and the rest of the sentence should read, "and the woman herself will forever lose herself. At least I found that to be true, even to this day, I am a magnet. If I have a thought to be isolated or independant I hear that 3 letter The force that is stronger than nature, my child!

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All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. Abraham Lincoln
It's such a testament to the character of a man when he realized the sacrifices and love that a mother can sometime give. I am always amazed when men honor their mothers in any way, it is very rare in 2010. I also believe mothers have changed some since Lincolns day...mothers are the breadwinners now all too often and do not raise their children, they drop them off in child care to be raised. Different world.

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Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. Oprah Winfrey
I have to say I agree with her, (even if she is one of my least favorite in general). There are lots of people who have a nuturing spirit, and tons of patience and the capacity to love beyond all bounds. And there are biological mothers who just don't give a rip. But it makes us better people when we act on our love, and put our children first even if we lose ourselfs in the process. Lots of us try, daily.

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