Saturday, May 09, 2009

Thank you, mother


for all the "square" meals you prepared
for the huge roast you made just for me when you found out I was anemic
for taking me to see the New York City Ballet
for the treats you put in my bag lunches
for all of the term papers you typed (and re-typed)
for making it possible for me to explore my interests
for the horse-drawn carriage rides around Central Park
for teaching me how to "mother" on the day my puppy was bitten by a bee
for doing the best you could to show a defiant daughter how to snare a boy
for making lime slush for every holiday meal because it was my favorite
for providing a good example of "moderation in all things"
for not being jealous those times when I preferred to spend time with your mother
for providing a constant example of the saying "you catch more bees with honey"
for allowing me to be myself, even though "myself" was foreign to you in many ways
for inadvertently teaching me by example to not let a man run my life
for the fresh baked cookies you mailed to me at summer camp
for taking me to Saratoga for that concert I just had to attend
for planning all those picnic lunches for the two of us
for allowing me more freedom than most parents would have
for believing in me beyond reason

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day Betty!!!!

May you be spoiled :)

HUGS!!!!!!!

Laurie

Betty said...

Dear Laurie,

You too, sweetie!

Hugs,

Betty

Lynilu said...

That is tender, Betty. Although my list is different, I have the same kind of list. Today is hard for us in many ways, isn't it? Hugs to you, and Happy Mother's Day. :)

Betty said...

Dear Lynilu,

Yes, you're right, about our lists and the difficulty of the day. On top of that, I just found my little male hummingbird who had just come back from his migration. He had returned this week, and happily fed at my feeder. Today I found him dead on my patio.

It's hard to make sense of that, if you know what I mean. I know it's just the cycle of life, but today????????

Hugs,
Betty

Mary Ann said...

I enjoyed reading your list, a lovely tribute to your mother.

Betty said...

Dear Mary Ann,

Thank you. It's great to see you again!

Hugs,
Betty

Monogram Queen said...

Happy Belated Mothers Day Betty!
You sound like you had a one-in-a-million Mother!

Loving Annie said...

I am glad that your Mother gave you those good things :)

2bme said...

What a wonderful list of wonderful moments. It brought tears to my eyes. Having a teenager makes me appreciate my mother so much more. Thank you for sharing that with us. Its been a long while since I've logged on but I always enjoying checking on you : )