Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A few days before Mother's day, we children would walk about a mile to the local "Brooks Pharmacy," in Massachusetts. They had the greatest selection, and so many wonderful items for sale. We would look at the jewelry, the household goods, and the candy. We usually bought Mother's favorite perfume, Musk by Alyssa Ashley. It had such an elegant, pleasant scent!
When we were in our early teens, we often got Mom a store-bought card. From the time we were around 12 years old, each of us had some source of income - mostly from babysitting or housecleaning for our neighbors. There was a sense of pride buying something for Mother, with money we had earned ourselves.
In those days, we children helped make mother's day special. Of course, our Father always surprised Mom with something that made her very happy. He wanted her to feel rewarded for all her efforts at home, and for taking care of us.
All these years later, I am remembering my own Mother's days. I have a box full of cards the children made me over the years. I love to read them again each year!
I love to attend church on this special day. There is always a message encouraging Mom in godly living. After service, we go home to an easy dinner. We often spend time in the yard, just resting.
Mother's day is often the time to visit the graveyard. It is a time to leave flowers and say prayers for our Mothers and Grandmothers who have gone ahead to our Heavenly Home. This is a sad and somber day, when one understands the fragility of time.
This year, I will spend time praying for more patience and more wisdom as a Mother. My children will probably buy me flowers for the front porch. They will probably buy me my favorite snacks, and some candles. Their handmade cards will be cherished like always. But Mother's day is really a day to be grateful for each child, and to feel honored to be their Mother!
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