I stopped to browse at a neighborhood shop today and felt sad that I could no longer buy something for my mom. There were a number of things she may have liked. Wind chimes, for sure. Soaps and lotions scented with lavender and lime. Pretty hand-painted glass vases that would each hold a single rose.
I bought myself a quirky aluminum bangle. It’s not something she would have ever worn. We were different — and we were alike. It was great fun to do things together that we both enjoyed and I appreciated and learned a lot from the ways in which we were different.
Here she is (on the right) with one of her best friends, Wilma Goins, at her great-grandson’s wedding the year before she died. She was 96 years young!
A few favorite quotes on being a mom…
“I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” ~ Rose Kennedy
“…it is still the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary — it’s an act of infinite optimism.” ~ Gilda Radner
“Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.” ~ Barbara Walters
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” ~ Rachel Carson
“A woman who can cope with the terrible twos can cope with anything.” ~ Judith Clabes
“Truth, which is important to a scholar, has got to be concrete. And there is nothing more concrete than dealing with babies, burps, and bottles, frogs and mud.” ~ Jean J. Kirkpatrick
“…there’s a lot more to being a woman than being a mother, but there’s a hell of a lot more to being a mother than most people suspect.” ~ Roseanne Barr
“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson
“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” ~ Lane Olinhouse
“To talk to a child, to fascinate him, is much more difficult than to win an electoral victory. But it is more rewarding.” ~ Colette