Celebrating the continuum of motherhood (week 3)

August 15, 2014

dv2014025In a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip for Mother’s Day, Calvin is shown standing beside his mother’s bed. “Hey, Mom! Wake up. I made you a Mother’s Day card.” “My, how sweet of you.” she says. “I did it all by myself. Go ahead and read it.” Calvin responds. So she reads it: “I was going to buy a card with hearts of pink and red. But then I thought I’d rather spend the money on me instead. It’s awfully hard to buy things when one’s allowance is so small. So I guess you’re pretty lucky I got you anything at all. Happy Mother’s Day. There, I’ve said it. Now I’m done. So how about getting out of bed and fixing breakfast for your son.”
Signed, “Calvin”
Truly, only a mother can read Calvin’s story, identify with it and still be tickled. This week, we have tributes from two families acknowledging that when it comes to their mother, it really doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive to show their mother that she means so much to them. The tributes are on behalf of LaTunya Meredith and Sheila Roberts. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.
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A Tribute to My Madre’: LaTunya Meredith
By: Mariah Galarza
How blessed am I to have been born to such a wonderful Mother. Everything I am, I owe to her. I have recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor in arts, without children, no addiction problem or criminal record. The morals and values she’s instilled in me helped me along the way. The nights where I felt like giving up she would tell me to close my eyes and she would pray over whatever I was struggling with. Moments like those make me so grateful to have the mother I have. Every child thinks her mom is the best. Well I am living proof that mine is. My mom has raised me as a single parent more often than not sacrificing everything so that I would fit in with the other kids. My mom has been my biggest cheerleader through life and my best friend as an adult. We have laughed togethe, endured trials together, and watched God put everything back together. Her strength and wisdom guides me, her zest for life inspires me, her kindness and grace warms me. I have never met another person like her, and I know in my heart that I never will – she’s one of a kind. I can only wish to have the light that she gives, for she touches all around her with a kindred grace. I’m proud to be her daughter and could not have asked for more in a Mother. Thank you for everything Mommy, I love you dearly.
Tribute to Our Mother: Attorney Sheila Roberts
By: Brandee and Caleb Roberts
Our mother is an amazing woman. She is the glue that holds our family together. She has always showered us with love and given us everything we needed, whether that be someone to confide in, a shoulder to cry on, or sound advice. In everything she does, she never asks for much in return. My brother and I always have a difficult time getting gifts for my mom on special occasions or even just to surprise her because the things that make her happy aren’t material. One Mother’s Day my brother and I kept brainstorming about what to get our mother. Neither one of us had a lot of money to buy her something extravagant, but we still wanted to do something that she would remember and would make her genuinely happy. We both decided it would be a good idea to write her a letter that would express how much we love her and appreciate her for everything she has done. We had the letters framed and delivered them to our mother with flowers. We knew that the decision we made to not get a gift that year and to do something genuine and from the heart was the right thing to do. Sometimes we neglect to tell the amazing people in our life just how much they mean to us. After all of these years, and of all the times we have given our mother gifts or done something special to honor her, she still mentions the love letters we wrote her.
Next Week: Tributes to Mother (Conclusion)
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