Mother’s Day is here again––the second Sunday in May! I still have yet to buy the needed cards to cover for the kids, but I will get it done tomorrow, LOL!
Last week, I went to the graveside of my mom. My son and I cried, which in returned caused my wife to cry. My son put a baseball at the base of her gravestone. WOW! I was blown away! He really misses his grandmother. I have to confess something…not as much as I miss her! You see, she was:
- My truest support as I grew “up.”
- My most frustrating check and balance when I wanted things to go my way.
- My favorite card player…she never let me win!
- My most passionate arguing partner during those teenage years!
- My true calm during the summer storms as a small boy.
- My most trusted confidant when dealing with love.
- My most hallowed prayer partner.
- The most excellent example of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!
We didn’t have a lot of great traditions, cool trips, favorite meals, etc. like so many families do. But I do remember the love that we showed each other and her passion and love for Jesus. My mom loved Jesus, and it showed! She was not perfect, but I knew that her heart for Christ was unparalleled to many of the mothers of my friends!
2 Timothy 1:5 (NLT), “I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.”
As I stood by her “side” last week, after the tears and the “I miss you Mom,” all I could think of was how grateful I am for what she did right––she showed me JESUS! Thanks Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!
After writing this, I found the list below entitled, “My Mother Taught Me…” I quickly realized how much more mom really did teach me! Enjoy!
- My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.”
- My mother taught me RELIGION. “You’d better pray that will come out of the carpet.”
- My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”
- My mother taught me LOGIC. “Because I said so, that’s why.”
- My mother taught me MORE LOGIC. “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”
- My mother taught me FORESIGHT. “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”
- My mother taught me IRONY. “Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about.”
- My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS. “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”
- My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM. “Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”
- My mother taught me about STAMINA. “You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.”
- My mother taught me about WEATHER. “This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.”
- My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY. “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!”
- My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
- My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. “Stop acting like your father!”
- My mother taught me about ENVY. “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.”
- My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION. “Just wait until we get home.”
- My mother taught me about RECEIVING. “You are going to get it when you get home!”
- My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. “Stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”
- My mother taught me ESP. “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?”
- 20. My mother taught me HUMOR. “When that lawnmower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”
- My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”
- My mother taught me GENETICS. “You’re just like your father.”
- My mother taught me about my ROOTS. “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?”
- My mother taught me WISDOM. “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”
- And my favorite: my mother taught me about JUSTICE. “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”