A MOTHER’S PORTRAIT – PATH TO LIFE SUCCESS
We come into this world completely helpless and wholly dependent upon a mother’s love for the warmth and food and care that keeps us alive. Certainly each owes our mother eternal gratitude for the things she did during those first months when we were healthy and comfortable only because she anticipated our infant needs.
It is natural and normal for all of us to outgrow our mother’s authority, but even when that time comes we do not leave her influence behind. This is part of our character forever. It arises from the fact that a mother makes the home. The child’s earliest years are spent under her guidance and in that time the bonds of love grow strong – the maternal influence secure. To concede this is no disrespect to the father. It is the way wise old nature planned it.
We are fortunate indeed whose mothers loved us too much to be soft and doting mothers. We are better men and women if our mothers loved us enough to enforce reasonable discipline. We can always be thankful that she often had the courage to say, “No,” when our desires were strong and our judgement weak. When she mixed strictness with understanding, she helped prepare us for life. If she wanted us to enjoy all the good things appropriate to our age, but sometimes pointed out that the family circumstances called for sacrifice; she prepared us for an adult world in which we do not get everything that we want. She helped us realize that we must find happiness in what we have and not in something that may be beyond our grasp.
Those of us who have enjoyed material success can be certain that our mothers contributed something to it. She is part of whatever we are. Those of us who have not fully measured up to her hopes can be equally sure that we retain her love in spite of any disappointments. Certainly no woman who ever accepted the responsibilities of true motherhood has deserted her son or daughter in need or in trouble.
We all owe something, too, to that thoughtful woman who conceived the idea of Mother’s Day. We need that annual reminder of what our mother’s mean to us. If they are with us in this world, surely we want to let them know that our love and affection are sincere. If they live with us only in memory, then on Mother’s Day we want to take time to thank God that we have such a beautiful love to remember.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY