Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

 

This is the day we have chosen to officially honor not only our own mothers, but also the concept of motherhood itself. Regardless of the nature of the relationship you’ve had with your own mom, it is not a day you can escape from or forget, as you will be bombarded by reminders from all those who are invested in making this day a commercial success, if not an emotional one.

 

Anyone who has ever been a mother knows that regardless of the joy and satisfaction the role can give, the job description of a mom is lengthy and arduous, and not for those who are faint of heart. In many respects, the quality of our civilization has a direct relationship to how well the mothers of the world have done their job. Who else will teach and model for a child better the concept of duty, sacrifice, love, compassion, trust, forgiveness, tenderness, integrity, devotion and faith than a mother? Many mothers are handicapped in their role by circumstances of poverty, lack of education, lack of male or family support, illness both physical and mental, yet most will do the best they can for their children. As we become adults, we grow to realize this fact, and accept that while our own mothers may not have been perfect, they did the best they could for us, and we honor them for their effort, their love, and their sacrifices.

 

Sadly, Miki and I have been left orphans in this world, but we were both fortunate to know and to have been raised by two women who gave to us all that they had, loved us unconditionally, and to whom we remain forever grateful not only for all that they have given to us, but also for teaching us the qualities of a good man and good woman that allow us to share our own happiness this day. To all of you who are mothers, to all of you who love your mothers, to all who still have come to terms with humanity of your own mothers, and to all of you who aspire to be mothers yourselves –  we offer this day our salute. Happy Mother’s Day!

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15 Responses to Mother’s Day

  1. Marge says:

     
    Thank you, Jorge, and your generous greeting is returned to Miki and the mother figures in your lives, as well!
     
    As ever,
    Marge

  2. Eileen says:

    Thanks, Jorge.  Very insiteful….especially about those mothers, who for whatever reasons, were not "up to Par" but gave it their all.  What more can anyone of us ask for.  I think I really needed to hear that today, especially.   Eileen

  3. Beth says:

    Beautifully said Jorge.  Thank you!

  4. Michelle says:

    Just beautiful Jorge. I am glad you and Miki had women who you looked up to in your lives.
    I hope to adopt and be a Mother one day and I only hope I will be a good one. 🙂
     
     
    -Michelle
     
     

  5. Sarah says:

    Wow, thanks,Jorge.  Nice to have it spelled out so eloquently.  It was a struggle!  But SO WORTH IT!   I grew up in ways I never would have otherwise.  And now I see my children surpassing me–a dream of every parent!  I bet your mom was pretty cool–sure sounds like it. 

  6. PJ says:

    Good Evening Jorge,
     
    You have such a way with words. Absolutely beautiful. This sentence –> As we become adults, we grow to realize this fact, and accept that while our own mothers may not have been perfect, they did the best they could for us, and we honor them for their effort, their love, and their sacrifices. <— really touched my heart. I thank you, my Friend.
     
    Until next time..Keep Smiling.
     
    ~*~Paula~*~

  7. Bittersweet on-the-hill. says:

    Hello Jorge,
    A lovely piece.  I must admit it brought tears to my eyes especially the fact that you are "orphans" as am I. It is funny the things that come to mind when you least expect it.  My Mother made a metal serving tray many, years ago.  She hammered it into form and did some acid etchings of dogwood blooms on it.  I still have the tray on the dry sink but last night my mind\’s eye was focusing on the dogwood blooms.
     
    Well you promised that my warm weather was coming!  Today will be in the high 50\’s and rainy but tomorrow offers some promise. The garden is planted but lacking the really warm weather precludes things from popping.  Jorge…..the pictures of the Riviera and Elbe are lovely.  I love how the Europeans paint their homes such vivid colors. Lovely scenes.
     
    Well my friend, you take care.   Bittersweet

  8. Aimee says:

    i guess all you can do is be the best that you can… 
    ♥~♥ :oD the shortest distance between two people is a smile… :oD ♥~♥

  9. Holy Schmidt says:

    I hate Mother\’s Day, for so many reasons.  Although I do love that I have a great husband and kids who spoil me silly on Mother\’s Day.
     
    I sent my Mom a semi-mushy card – the first since childhood, as I recall – I acknowledged that she was perhaps one of my greatest teachers….she is here to teach me at this late stage in my life about compassion and forgiveness.  And my kids continually teach me about living in the moment, confronting fears, following passions and dreams. One of the best things about motherhood is the humbling experience of being in their enlightened presence and basking not just in their Light, but in their Wisdom.

  10. Barb says:

    My experience left scars however I overcame them and ended up having a relationship
    with my Mom before she passed, something I doubted might ever happen. It was
    a gift..Forgiveness and tending to her in the last year and a half of her life took much
    of my unhappiness. It was a lesson I needed to learn…
    Thanks for dropping by
    BE Well
    Barb

  11. Embrace says:

    What an amazing blog in that fact that it has brough up a few things I want to share with you . My Parents are gone and felt like an Orphan when they died and yet I m an adult . That passed as Im a mother now. My two Children are adopted . My Son at 7 months old and my daughter 3 days old.
    They came to me as gifts is the way I think of it and there is a reason for everything under the sun and in Gods time. Being a Mother or Father isnt easy, but has so many Blessing .  Thanks for the Mothers Day Wish at RedWillow . I have been meaning to come by and let you know I have just opened my Space Back at the Ranch again . I would be honored to have you join me there again.
    Have a Beautiful Week , Be Well also.
    Lisa  

  12. Gayle says:

    That was perfect, Jorge.  Thanks. It\’s nice to feel appreciated and, having a teenager means I don\’t get that too often.  I did get a little Love on Mother\’s Day – from her and now from you.  Thanks again!Gayle

  13. Jungle Mama says:

    Happy Mother\’s Day!  This was beautiful and yet still only reaches the tip of the ice berg to describe the job description of a mother and all of the emotional ties that come along with it.  I imagine even if we took every blog entry from the day and put them all together they still could not describe what it means to love and be loved as a mother.  Hope it was as lovely a day for you!

  14. Christopher says:

    Hmmm…. so true Jorge. I think we tend to take our mother\’s love for granted. Thanks for sharing.
     
    It\’s nice to be back on Spaces after a so long. Just wanted to check in on all my old friends. Great to see you\’re doing fine my friend.
     
    Take care,
     
    Best regards,
     
    Chris

  15. Lisa says:

    Yes and exactly.  Even in all of my work with abused and neglected kids, it is a rare oddity for me to work with a mom who does not love her kids, even if she has no clue how to take care of them.  I have no idea what the mom job is like, but I have to have the utmost respect for somebody who can do it day in and day out for the sole benefit of another human being.

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