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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mothers of the Heart

Mother’s Day. Runny eggs, burnt toast and fresh squeezed orange juice replete with pits -- and the crumbs to show for it in the Sunday morning sheets.  Smeared handprint paintings crafted with tempera and glue at pre-school, and Hallmark cards bedecked with teapots and teacups and wicker flower carts. It’s a rite of spring and a day when we raise moms everywhere up for the thanks and generous praise they deserve.

But today I’m thinking about some of the other moms I know – women who are not called mom but who are mothers nonetheless…to their nieces and nephews, grandchildren, students, godchildren and friends’ children.  Maybe they never gave birth or maybe they did, but in either case they are more than a name and a connection – they have consciously chosen to be a shaping force in a child’s life. 

I’m blessed to know many such women who, by choice or circumstance, found they were needed  in some way and rose to the challenge. These loving, devoted Other Moms became the element of change in a child’s life, helping them discover their own success and reach for goals they would otherwise never achieve. We know it only takes one caring adult to fundamentally change a child’s life – and how lucky the child who has parents AND a mother of the heart to help them on their path. 

To each of you – and you know who you are - I raise a lightly - but lovingly - smudged glass of pulpy, watery orange juice. Salut!




8 comments:

Patzee said...

Teri, what a beautiful tribute. You brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for your sensitivity, creativity, and generous spirit.

Eileen Bellomo said...

You made me cry. And made my day. Thank you for your kind and generous words, and for just being you. xoxo

Karen said...

Thank you so much for your kind words. Love you!

Janet Ghio said...

Teri-what a beautiful post you have written!

Monica said...

What a sharing and caring post. So beautiful.

Lorena said...

Lovely words...

Lisa said...

God love all of those women - we couldn't do it without them!

suziqu's thread works said...

Hi Teri
Just dropping in to say "hi" and hoping that life is treating you kind!
Facebook seems to be the thing sadly these days!
x Suzy