Where would the world be without moms? Those precious, loving, caring angels who brought us into this world and walked right alongside of us as we traveled down life’s twisting and turning paths. Yes, Mother’s Day is all about “mom” – but we must never forget to honor her every day, not just on May 13th.
Our mom was, of course, the most wonderful mom in the world! She was artistically talented, a stellar gardener, a good piano player and was always available to lend a hand to anyone in need. I can still see her playing the piano every Mother’s Day at Sunday school. Once a year she’d get out her sheet music and proudly play the 1915 song M-O-T-H-E-R, a word that means the world to me. The words are sentimental and especially if you miss your mom, they really hit home.
In her late 80’s, she struggled terribly trying to play that song perfectly at Sunday school. Her dementia had started to kick in, and she began missing a few notes. No one seemed to care. The song was an ode — a bittersweet statement to moms everywhere of how lovingly they were perceived.
When mom passed away in her early 90’s, my brother, sister and I felt a loss – a hole in our hearts that can never be filled. A group of friends gave me a lovely statue of a woman playing a piano with 3 children surrounding it. I promptly made a special spot for it outside in my garden in her honor. It wasn’t meant to be an outdoor statue, but she loved nature and gardening, so that quiet little spot in the garden seemed to be the appropriate place. Every time I walk through my garden, I see the statue, smile and think of Mom.
Another friend of mine gave me a beautiful electric angel candle. I pull it out every Mother’s Day and on her birthday and let it shine all night long in a celebration of her life…a life filled with kindness and compassion.
The 3 of us often wonder if God sometimes let’s our loved ones peek down through a hole so they can “check in” on us! We sure hope so!
If you still have your Mother with you, please make extra time for her all year long and make this Mother’s Day extra special – she is truly one of a kind – and she’s YOURS! If your Mom has passed on, keep your memories of her in your heart and she’ll be with you always. Remember what M-O-T-H-E-R stands for:
M is for the million things she gave me.
O means only that she’s growing old.
T is for the tears were 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 and it spells Mother, a word that means the world to me.
This song was introduced and made famous by Eva Tanguay. It was known as “Eva Tanguay’s Great Mother Song.” Eva (1878-1947) was one of the silent era’s brightest stars and was also known as the “I Don’t Care” girl.
Yup, that’s our mom — not a great picture, but it was taken quite a while back in her favorite coat. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! MOM WE STILL MISS YOU!