How Do I Love Thee, Mom? It is impossible for me to express how much I love you because I love you more than words can say.
A child's love for her mother seems beyond the realm of understanding. Fortunately, each of us is a child, and we each have a mother, so we all understand. But do they?
A child knows at at birth that her mother is essential to sustain her life, not yet comprehending that her mother also gave her life. As a child grows and is able to physically be more independent, her mother shares her own life experience, lesson, and celebration in order to help the child grow as a person. As an adult, the child uses these gifts to fulfill her own life purpose, knowing it would not have been possible without all her mother gave. Late in life, while it may appear that the roles are reversed, if the child begins to care for her mother, the child receives the gift of allowing oneself to give back and reaps the bliss of gratitude in return.
A child always feels in her heart the immense love she has for her mother. The love is so bounteous that no expression could do it justice, even though we as children do try. The only consolation for the child is knowing that her mother was (and is still) a child, and therefore, she also knows.
Today, on Mother's Day, and every day, may we cherish both the gift of being loved by our mothers, and the joy of being mothers, knowing how much we are loved.
Joyous Mother's Day to you!
author of "JOY"