I found a card David made for Connie probably when he was around 5. It reminded me of a very similar card I had made for my mom when I was around 5 or 6. As our culture evolves and changes; as society develops new ways of doing and saying things; there is a constant that holds true since the beginning of time – a mother’s love.
M is for the Many things she gave me,
O means only that she’s growing Old.
T is for the Tears she shed to save me,
H is for her Heart of purest gold.
E is for her Eyes with love light shining,
R means Right and Right she’ll always be.
Put them all together, they spell MOTHER.
A word that means the world to me.
Over the past few weeks I have been thinking of Eve in anticipation for Mother’s Day and what I wanted to say to you on this important day for women.
When I was little, I used to marvel at the idea of being first at something – first to walk on the moon; first to fly in a body suit; first to invent a cure for cancer. But for Eve, she was the first to sin and she was the first to birth a child and be a mother. During Connie’s first pregnancy, I saw her read book after book. She had baby showers. Friends came over and helped her set up the nursery and the advice just flowed. I was not welcomed even to be around as the women talked about labor and breast-feeding and changing tables and strollers. But Eve, she had no one but God to tell her what to do.
I overheard my mom telling Connie once, “Women have been having babies for thousands of years. You’ll be just fine.” Eve didn’t have a mother, and she was the first to go through it all. It is hard to even imagine how frightened she must have been. We know through scripture that she had 3 sons: Cain, Abel, and Seth; but, the Bible tells us she had many other sons and daughters as well.
I do not know how she interacted with her children but I believe she probably set the stage for all mothers: demonstrating a selfless love, devotion, deep-rooted loyalty, and commitment.
Today, I applaud women all over the world for their love and devotion to children – whether their own children or someone else’s children. What a blessing you are in our lives. Thank you for your contribution and example. Thank you for your understanding and compassion. Thank you that when no one else is there, moms always are.
To the women who have touched my life – my wife, my mom, and my grandmothers – thank you!
For all of you who daily strive to be the best for our children – thank you!
Happy Mother’s Day! May your day be as special to you as you are in our lives.