Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The baby kept me very busy today. Sometimes, he will play happily on a quilt, or in his little seat. Then I can do the dishes, or start a load of laundry. We all take turns holding him, while someone makes supper, a snack, or cleans up a mess. We work in the middle of the joy of this blessing of a baby in our home.
This afternoon, no one was around while I took care of baby and kept the house. The kitchen had its noon mess, waiting for attention. While the baby played, I deep cleaned the stove top and one of the counters. These two areas were spotless, while the other half of the kitchen was neglected. But those clean sections brought me great happiness. Looking at them, sent a precious message to say, "Mother was Here."
Years ago, my father used to joke about our childhood home. He said the house was such a mess that if the police had come, they wouldn't know if there had "been a struggle." For the life of me, I cannot remember our house even slightly messy. This must have happened when we were all babies and toddlers. But it is fun to imagine my very neat mother, with a messy house. She knew what was most important. I am sure she had clean spots in her house that sent the bless-ed message that, "Mother was Here."
We all know that babies don't keep. Lately, I spend most of my time sitting by the window, in my grandmother's old rocking chair, holding her great-great grandchild, and wondering how happy she must be, smiling down at us from heaven.
Each Mother, in each generation, leaves legacies, memories, creations and sweet lessons. Their diligent work in the home, and their caring for babies, is their greatest accomplishment in life.
How precious is the comforting evidence in our daily lives, that "Mother was Here."
Please Be One of These - The Mother Who Isn't Busy.
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