Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. ~Linda Wooten
I lost my mother to cancer in August of 1993…she was only 54. My hero. I miss you so much.
On a sweet note…in honor of Mother’s Day, I have guest contributors…my son & daughter.
A word or two about mother…
As people may know, Google has infiltrated American vocabulary with its success as a global search engine. It isn’t that uncommon to hear people throw out the word “google” amidst a conversation not as a reference to a company, but a verb meaning “to search.” Let’s be honest, I feel like we’ve all googled ourselves to see how relevant we were in the scheme of things. Some singletons out there might have googled a blind date in lieu of a background check. It’s extraordinarily easy to do. That being said, I didn’t realize that Google itself was none to happy to have this achievement unwillingly thrust upon them. Having happened to so many other pioneering companies such as Hoover (more synonymous with “vacuum” than the brand itself) and Band-aid (which I often use to refer to anything that will cover up a scratch or cut or even a short term solution for a problem), they probably felt that their name might fall into the ranks of the generic and their name would lose it’s value.
I know…what does any of this have to do with mother? There are few words in the English language that remain constant in use and meaning. But “mother” certainly is not one of them. It has been around since the beginning of language and has not deviated in meaning for thousands of years, especially in the sense that most of us use it today. Sadly, it’s meaning has only been recently recognized by myself. Although I like to view myself as completely independent, I see myself constantly reminded of my mother. Having just left home after a recent visit with my family, I noticed that my clothes weren’t quite as soft and scented as they are when my mom does them despite using the same fabric softener as she does. Although I’ve seen her do it a million times and know exactly what ingredients are in it, my omelets are always missing something and never quite taste as good. After months of training my hair stylist on the do’s and don’ts of styling my hair, it’s never quite as good as a cut from mom. No matter how far away from home I might be, reminders of her follow me everywhere I go.
This seems like a dislocated comparison between the word “google” and the word “mother,” but I assure you that it isn’t. When I use the word “google,” I admit that I am using it as a generic form of the word “search” regardless of what search engine you pledge loyalty to. That is a mistake that should never be made with “mother.” A “mother” isn’t simply a label for a woman in relation to a child. It means so much more than that. In my experience, my mother is someone who has and will be an integral part of my life no matter how old I am or where I am located. She’s the person who would stop at nothing to afford me the best possible care and boundless affection as a child. No matter how idiotic I behave or how poor my judgment is, she never thinks any less of me as a person. I know I can count on her when all others have abandoned me. There are few people in this world that you could say that about.
So, on this auspicious day, I’d like to thank my mother for all that she has done and will do for me. I want you to know how grateful I am to call you my mother, and I want you to know how much you mean to me and our family will never be lost. Although googling themselves may be an easy task for most, I’d like to see someone try and mother themselves. It would be an impossible task at best.
PS. I am in no way referring to the connotation of “google” that was implied in the T-shirt I recently purchased and featured on my mother’s blog. ~ Matt
To my wonderful Mom,
Happy Mother’s Day! God truly blessed me with the best mother a daughter can hope for, and there’s not a day that passes that I don’t realize how lucky I am to have you in my life. I can’t imagine where I would be without your wisdom and guidance the past 23 years. Whether its your input on my clothes or my terrible haircuts to the more serious life decisions I’ve had to face, you’ve never left my side or led me down the wrong path. Words can never describe just how important you are to me. You’re an inspiration as a wife and as a mother, you are someone I hope to become one day. If I ever have a daughter, I can only hope to have half the patience and grace that you’ve shown me. Happy Mother’s Day to my very special Mom, my shopping buddy, and my best friend. I love you! ~Jordan
My pride and joy. I love you both more than life itself. ~Mom
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day everyone!
So sweet that your kids wrote the post! There’s nothing like the love we have for our kids and vice versa. It shows in every line that they wrote to you. Very special!
They have grown up to be awesome young adults…I’m very proud of them.
Jeannie, you have such a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing them with us!
Thank you Patricia!
I do have sweet kids…sweet hubby, too! 🙂
You children are so beautiful and what a wonderful tribute to you!!
Thank you Tamera!
It was a wonderful gift!
What a wonderful post. Your children are terrific. I hope you had a very special Mother’s Day!
I do have two pretty special kids…..well, young adults.
I hope your Sunday was wonderful as well!!!
what a sweet post! i love that you had your children guest post. they are so good looking! just like their mother. i hope this was a wonderful one for you!!!
Thank you Claire!
Best gift they could have given me….
It was a wonderful Mother’s Day. I hope you had a special one as well!
Can I come be one of your kids….sister even????? To be so loved and so loving…….You are indeed so very blessed.
Haha. Yes! I’ll adopt you!
I do have great kids!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend Judy!
A beautiful legacy! You are a very special person. Thank you for sharing this glimpse of your family. Happy Mother’s Day!
Oh, thank you Jean!
I’m just very blessed. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful tribute to your Mother. I know it can make Mother’s Day a bittersweet day.
P.S. Your family is BEAUTIFUL!!
Thank you Elisa! ❤
Thanks for the good cry! Happy Mother’s Day!
Me and you, both!
I hope you had a special Mother’s Day as well!
Thank you, Matt and Jordan! i had a feeling already that she is a pretty special lady – but your sweet and thoughtful words just gave that a boost! Happy Mother’s Day, Jeannie! You rock, gorgeous lady!
Aww….thank you my friend!
It was a wonderful gift from my kids.
I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day!
Happy Mother’s Day Grace! I’m so sorry you lost your mom! It looks like you are carrying on her legacy beautifully….what precious children you have! Big honkin’ hug to you this Mother’s Day! ~Serene
Thank you Serene for your sweet words. They are precious! Precious gifts from God.
I know you’re also missing you mom, so hugs to you, too!
Moving post ! I didn’t know you had children ! The sentence in the beginning is so right !
Yeah, I have two grown up kids…that make me soooo old!
I agree! I think every mothers can relate to the quote…I know, I DO!
I lost my mother to breast cancer in 1989. She never got to see anything I did, or my daughters. I wish she could have seen my two girls, they are so special. This is a lovely tribute and your family is so beautiful. xo
Oh, I’m so sorry Rachel. I can’t believe how many of us have lost our moms to cancer..
Your mom must have been so young!
I hope your Mother’s Day with your daughters was a special one. ❤
Your children’s comments brought tears. What a wonderful tribute they’ve given you. I could especially relate to your son’s comment about the fabric softener. It made me think of my something my youngest son said to me once. 🙂
You’re very blessed.
Happy Mother’s Day. ♥
(Forgot to add one thing, seeing the picture of your mom, it’s obvious where you get your natural beauty.) She was beautiful.
Thank you so much Connie!
I am truly blessed!
My mom was so beautiful…inside and out. She had a difficult life, but she was such a trooper. So strong in faith and character.
Thank you again for your sweet words.
I hope you had a special Mother’s Day, Connie! ❤
This is a wonderful post! My mother died of cancer much too early, as well.
I’m sorry for your loss. I know how tough today was for you, too.
I hope your day was a special one.
What a great tribute from your children! I, too, understand the bittersweet . . . my own mother died in 1983 after battling diabetes at the age of 54; and my stepmother died in 2011 after what was suppose to be fairly a routine surgical procedure (she never left the hospital and died 10 days after the surgery–she and my dad were married almost 32 years). She was 86. I loved them and miss them both very, very, very, very much.
I know it was a difficult day for you as well. It would be sadder if we didn’t miss them….
It helps me to know that I’ll be reunited with her one day.
Thank you for taking the time to share your story with me.
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This is a touching and beautiful post. You are blessed with loving, thoughtful children and they are an expression of your motherly love that was passed down from your mom. The legacy continues and I’m happy we connected. 🙂 Eliz
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Thank you! You’re so very sweet.
My hope is to become half the mother to my kids as she was to me.
Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!
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I actually came online today to wish you a happy mother’s day, and then I read the sweet writings of your kids. I feel the same way about my mom as your daughter wrote, and I really liked the text your son has written. Beautiful kids you have there! I cannot give my mom all she deserves, but right now we are making her a lovely breakfast (tradition) and I try to be there for her, not only today. I hope you have a great day with your family!
It’s very sweet of you to make her breakfast…my daughter and hubby did the same for me! Enjoy your mom. Spending time is far more precious than things.
Thank you for thinking of me. I hope you had a wonderful day with your mom! ❤
I lost my mother to cancer in the age of 23, but still she managed to make me, who I am, before leaving.
Lovely kids you have.
I’m sure today was tough for you. Our moms will always be in our hearts…
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How absolutely sweet!
What lovely kids…but then with a mum so lovely, it was inevitable!
Oh Laura, you are so sweet!
I lost my mother three years ago, but actually lost seven years ago, when Alzheimer’s was that I recognized. The fact so much. Beautiful post. Congratulations for having so few children. The mine also are great.
Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Alzheimers is such a cruel disease…what could be worse than not recognizing your loved ones?! I hope your day was wonderful. 🙂
Thanks for posting this. It’s so sweet your kids posted this to you as well. As for your own mother, I understand very well what you must’ve feeling, my mother died when she was 39 from a sudden heart attack, but I am also a mother and so today I am focused not on the loss but the joy of my daughter and the joy of the memories of an amazing mother, I consider myself profoundly lucky to gave had the time with her that I did. Happy mother’s day.
Your mom was so young! It’s hard not to miss my mother on this day…but, I am very grateful for my loving kids. I hope your Mother’s Day was a wonderful one!
thank you, it was, i hope you had a great day too
What a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. Both of your children have written so beautifully about you. I’d mention this to my children…but I worry what they might write!
I’m so thankful for my kids…it was very sweet of them. I’m sure your kids would have raved about you.
I hope you had a great Mother’s Day!