My Moma's Hands

Remembrances...

What do you remember most about your mother or mom? Was it her smile? Oh yes, I remember mom’s smile. Was it her eyes? Oh yes, I remember her eyes. How about her hair? Yes, I remember her hair. Could it be her cooking? Yes, yes I remember her good cooking. What is the most significant feature or memory that you have of your mom? Well I can answer that quite distinctly. Of all my mom’s features that I remember the most would be - her hands. Those precious hands.

mom at 17
mom at 17

she wiped my tears the times it hurt so bad

Moma’s hands were the first to hold me close with love and tenderness. I don’t remember that feel, but I know it’s so. Her hands showed me how to feed myself, and how to dress, how to comb my hair. How to brush my teeth. With those hands she picked me up when I fell down, and she wiped my tears the times it hurt so bad. So soft were those hands yet so strong from heavy work at home. Raising four kids, cooking and cleaning. Gardening and canning, also helping while we studied and playing ball when we needed a first baseman. Dad worked nights so he had to sleep when he could, sometimes in the mornings, sometimes in the evenings, often- not at all. Times were hard much of the time as we kids grew. More than once I noticed that mom would leave a spoon full of gravy for us kids rather than help herself to it.

She even had a certain way to hang the clothes

She washed our clothes in an old wringer washer and once got her hand hung in the wringer. After the wash and rinse she would gather up the laundry basket and head out back to hang our clothes on the line. Some times she would let me carry the clothe pin basket and she would stuff her apron pockets full. She always wiped the line down first not wanting the washed clothes to get dirty before we had a chance to wear them. She even had a certain place to hang the clothes though I didn’t know why. She was particular about that, not placing any of our under garments on the outside in full view of the neighbors or anyone passing by.

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she instilled a need to read God’s Word daily

My mom got arthritis pretty bad in those beautiful hands, but she didn’t let that stop her from sewing. She prided her self on making clothes for her kids and later her grandchildren. She even taught me to sew and crochet as a child. She taught me how to make cornbread and I still make it by hand for my family. We would recite Bible verses that I remember today and instilled a need to read God’s Word daily. Even after I left home (at 24, to join the Air Force) she would quiz me on those Bible passages when we talked on the telephone, just to sharpen my memory.

She also taught me to pray and said I needed to pray every chance I got. As a teenager I started doing some things I knew I shouldn’t and one night I tried to sneak in the house without being noticed. Guess where I found my mom, on her knees, with her head bowed and those precious hands clasped, praying for God to protect me. I never quite got over that, watching her pray has made a big impact on my life.

...those precious hands.

Her hands always greeted me when I arrived and her finger-tips were the last touch I felt as I left. Before she died in 1999 at almost 92 years of age, I remember her trying to raise her hands to my face one more time, and I know that now she awaits beside my Jesus to welcome me home with those precious hands.

© 2010 SamSonS

35 comments

"Quill" 6 years ago

Hi Brother samsons1, what an awesome tribute to your Mom. "Honor our parents" comes to mind as I was reading this. Those hands were hands of love, what a blessing to read what you have put together here and yes she will be waiting.

Blessings and Hugs


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Samson, What a beautiful to your precious mother. She obviously loved your dearly and precious memories are so important.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Quill & Pamela99 for your gracious and encouraging comments...


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r-o-y 6 years ago

Hi samsons1, great hub on moms.

Thanks!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks r-o-y for your visit and your comments...


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Lovely tribute to your mom, samsons1. Such love is truly precious.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you SilverGenes, for your friendship, your visit and your encouraging remarks...


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

brother samson: One should always see only the good and great qualities in their Mother as you obviously do. Mothers only know one thing and do it very well to show love to their family in everything they do.

God bless every mother with graces beyond imagination.

Brother Dave.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Dave, God certainly knew what I needed in a mother...


Uma07 6 years ago

Hi sam!

What a beautiful way to express your gratitude to your mom.Very moving and great inspiration for all young mothers.Way back I read a poem, "Mama's hands"(I'm sorry I don't remember the poet's name),where the poet mentions his mama's hands are the best though rough because she had to do so much for her kid and home.I am sorry for the loss of your beloved mother.

Regards,

Uma


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

lovely just lovely, she was such a blessing to you. your mother was a blessing to you and to many I imagine, this is tumbled for traffic blessings. you have such talent.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Wow. This had me choking back a tear. So heartfelt. So moving. I am glad you had her for as long as you did. Sounds like she knew the most important thing there is to know. Jesus Christ is Lord!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Uma07, for your kindness and reflections...

*thank you Rebecca E., for your generous and helpful spirit...

*and thank you fred allen, for your inspiration and solace...


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

What a beautiful tribute to your mom! She is a beauty! Moms as you said are God's special gift to us.

God bless!


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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

What a wonderful mother.

It remind me of my mother.

Thanks


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks jill of alltrades, for your visit and your nice remarks...

*and thank you jacobkuttyta, for your usual kind comments...


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Your mom was an amazing woman--hardworking, selfless and God-fearing. Who could have a better mom? Well, you're very blessed to have known such a beautiful person.


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Beautiful Samson, thanks for a very special hub. My sweet mama will turn 98 this year. So blessed to have her with us still.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thank you anglnwu, for your friendship, your visit and your gracious comments...

*thanks Judicastro, for your comments and give your mom a hug...


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

This is such a beautiful and loving tribute --- well done!!!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks carolina muscle, glad you liked it...


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

It is indeed a beautiful hub, a very inspiring account of a mother's love. What an adorable mother you have. Surely her memories will live on in your heart. Blessings and regards.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks cristina327, for your gracious comments...


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Squidmom 6 years ago from Texas

Really beautiful and an inspiration to all us moms! I had to up, beautiful and share it!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Squidmom, for your gracious remarks and ratings...


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

I smiled as I read this. I miss my mom, she went home to be with the Lord in 2000. I am so happy for her. I voted this beautiful!!!! much love my friend, always!!!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you drpastorcarlotta, for your friendship, your visit and your gracious comments...


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

This made my eyes wet, what a beautiful tribute to your Mom, and she was beautiful, such a soft face. Nice meeting you!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

Hi VioletSun and welcome to my circle of friends and thanks for your encouraging comments...


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

My mom is still living, but when she passes away I will remember her hands. As I child, I remember looking at them and thinking she was getting old. I look at my own hands now and they make me think of her hands then! Now, I see my mom with my children and how much they adore her and how much she uses her hands to love them. I hope my hands are still like hers when I get her age! Thank you so much for hub! I really enjoyed it!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Specialk3749 for your friendship and your sweet remarks about your moms hands. There is nothing in this world like the love of our mother's hands...


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Thank you for sharing and I am anxious to read more right away. Polly


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Polly, don't miss my last 2 'Nicky' and 'What's the Name of That One...' So happy to read your encouraging comments...


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gcolefam1 5 years ago from Anderson, Ca

Thank you for the rememberance of your mother. I too, had a mother that had hands that were soft and caring, but helpful and training hands at the same time. She was there for me no matter what, and even though I was a troublesome teenager, she never let me go and understood me no matter what I did. She was there, through thick and thin, my Mom.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you gcolefam1 for your visit and for paying such kindness toward you mom. Mom's are the best friend we will ever have and I still miss hearing her words of refreshment and assurance. Come back often...

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