“There was a picture of me in grammar school, missing teeth and all, donned in my scout uniform.”
Motherhood Remembered The memories never fade, although the pictures
to me at college with a little letter of encouragement.
have yellowed a bit, since some were “Polaroid.”
“Use this idea to brighten up your dorm room. It will
(Remember that blast from the past?) Instant grat-
make you feel better on snowy days in the moun-
ification through moments in time that spewed out
tains. Love you.” Tucked inside would be a little cash
of a camera’s mouth was a wonder to us all for many
to support the spruce-up.
years. Many of those are still pasted on our family
Napkins with sayings on them are more my modern
albums, with footnotes in the handwriting of a loved
favorites, however Mom loved cross-stitched sayings
one from an age gone by, but not forgotten.
she would frame and place around the house. My
My mom’s face and voice and words of wisdom still
sis and I still have a few of these hangings in special
are clear, despite the decades since she went to be
corners of our homes. Actually, her “Rules on Being
a Guest” with imprinted tulips is displayed near my
Yep, I don’t bring it up very often, but while she
bathroom. It occasionally makes me chuckle, when I
left us too soon, she did leave behind golden nuggets
see No. 4. If you break it, ‘fess up. We won’t send you
of counsel. My mom cleverly would post those ker-
home. That used to crack up all my friends who spent
nels of discernment and advice in round about ways,
With my mom and baby sister, Rima
which has long since been one of my operative mem-
like on the ‘fridge, in the form of Dear Abby columns
Mom never wrote in her Bible, considering The
about being a lady, being chaste or being honest.
Word a sacred textbook, but she loved bookmarks
My mom was rich in character and teaching, a
Sometimes Better Homes and Gardens articles would
with sayings on them and loved the Psalms. Her fa-
legacy I hope to have embraced and pass on to my
appear, snipped from her favorite magazine, and sent
vorite sayings were:
wonderful son, daughter-in-law and grandchild.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
ory verses. And yes, I still have the bookmark.
Sarah Malin once said,
Pretty is as pretty does.
“Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your
It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.
heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle
You’re either someone’s sunshine or their rainy day.
eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly.”
And once I even found a homemade bookmark, placed in her Prayer Book. There was a picture of me
How true. This year for Mother’s Day remember to
in grammar school, missing teeth and all, donned
help your children soar. Feel free to tape this to your
in my scout uniform. We made it at Camp, as I re-
‘fridge so you won’t forget.
call, with a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ message painted along the middle. It had unevenly creased the page
for Psalm 46:10. Be Still and Know that I am God…,
“The memories never fade, although the pictures have yellowed a bit, since some were “Polaroid.”
the Motherhood Issue