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jumana swindler

contributing writer

“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

with Jesus.

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,

the night.

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

Happy Spring.

for Psalm 46:10. Be Still and Know that I am God…,

Psalm 49:10

“The memories never fade, although the pictures have yellowed a bit, since some were “Polaroid.”


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