Poem: My First Mother's Day | Tasting New Love as her Mom

Being a Mother is a Gift From God
Being a Mother is a Gift From God | Source

I didn't know the meaning of love, until I looked into the eyes of my newborn baby girl.

When asking the question...Do you know what love is? A variety of responses from the mediocre...to deeply inspiring is expressed. I didn't know the meaning of love, until I looked into the eyes of my newborn baby girl. My heart grew twice its size....no words can explain the instant our eyes met. As every new mother begins the inspection, I counted every finger and each toe. I learned the shape of the her face: eyes, ears, nose and mouth. My heart sang with joy and the sound resonated into my soul. It was an eternal love connection. With a smile on my lips and laughter in my spirit; I forgot about any pain and suffering I endured to deliver this child into the world....it had totally faded away.... It was, and will remain the biggest, most thrilling day of my life, My First Day as a Mother.

Symbol of a Mother's Love, The Pink Carnation

Pink Carnation or Dianthus roughly translating to "flower of love" or "flower of the gods" is the symbol for  a Mother's Love.  Ancient Christians  believed that as Mary wept for her son Jesus the first carnation bloomed.
Pink Carnation or Dianthus roughly translating to "flower of love" or "flower of the gods" is the symbol for a Mother's Love. Ancient Christians believed that as Mary wept for her son Jesus the first carnation bloomed. | Source

New Love as Her Mom

How could I have known

The wonder of it all,

To conceive the meaning

behind a mother's smile.


How could I have known

How miraculous this coming,

To grasp the thought

of motherhood anew.


How could I have known

The joy bubbling up within

An eternal effervescence,

Close to my heart she breathes.


How could I have known

How small the hands and toes,

The count of ten plus ten,

Her eyes stare into mine.


How could I have known

Adoring love like none before,

Holding her tightly, abounding

Love, caught in her eyes.


How could I have known

What I would feel when

Joined closely, eye to eye

with my new baby girl.


How could I have known

The new Love I would feel

as her Mom, Oh....

How could I have known.


A Mother's Day Tribute for the New Mom

Those long nine months seemed like a century awaiting the birth of my child. I was young in age, but at that time I felt much older than my years. I had only been married for just one month when I found out that our new family was already expanding. Not too much time went by before I truly understood what expanding was all about. The pregnancy went very well as pregnancies go. I gained about 35 pounds and I remember feeling good most of the time. It was June of 1977. I was working full time at a financial institution in the loan department throughout my pregnancy. I had no idea what to expect at delivery. I didn't feel scared, but who does at 20 years old. We are all invincible at that age. The world is our playground. Up to this point in my life...all I had to think about was myself. Little did I know how the responsibilities in my life were about to change forever as a new mother.

Today expectant mothers find out the gender of the child at the end of the first trimester. In 1977, there was of course speculation based on the heart rate; however, there were certainly no baby pictures taken in the womb. The only indication was a simple fetal heartbeat to cherish until that magic moment when you heard the first cry and the doctor revealed the news.

In anticipation of this magical day, the baby shower comes and everyone you know fills your house with baby paraphernalia from large baby equipment to pacifiers. I remember the bunny ball was my favorite gift. Even though I had a month to sort through the blankets, one-sies, diapers of all sizes before the big day arrived, I still had no clue really what was about to happen in my life especially to my heart. I continued through each day like I had it all figured out and how it will be when the baby arrived.


Look What the Stork Has Delivered
Look What the Stork Has Delivered | Source

One Question People Cannot Refrain from Asking the Mother to Be...Is the Baby a Boy or Girl?

Other mother's would ask, "Is the baby a boy or a girl, I didn't know? Baby books full of names filled the bedstand and everyone I spoke with daily asked, "What will you name the baby?" It was almost time for delivery and I still had no name selected and nothing seemed to be just the right name. So the standard response was, "I don't know yet" for the hundredth time. Sometimes I would dream of twins, but I believe it was my mind playing tricks. I would dream about what my child would look like, what kinds of things we'd do together. Still unknowing what it all meant to be a mother. How I would feel when my child gets hurt. What I would feel when my child drives away from home in a car for the first time. What it is like to care for a child with all my heart, soul and mind. So many inquisitive thoughts as a first time mother.

A Mother's Kiss is great no matter the genetic code

Mothers kiss it and make it all better
Mothers kiss it and make it all better | Source

Collection of Mother's Day Memories

I have a collection of Mother's Day cards in my dresser drawer. Sweet memories I have cherished over the years. When I am sometimes reminiscent of motherhood, I periodically return to my collection of hand crafted cards and notes made with love by the hands of my precious little heart. Her words resonate in my soul as I read them over the over and wipe a happy tear.

In my life's experience, there is nothing like the gift of motherhood that has been as meaningful or has touched me as deeply. As my child prepares to give me the gift of  Grandparenthood. My thoughts again return to the first time I heard the word mama, the first step she took, the first booboo that I had to make better, the first day of school, the first heartbreak, the first car, the first apartment, so many firsts I have experienced. Those firsts all attached to great emotions: some with joy some with tribulation. I anxiously await the days ahead to witness the bond between my child and her own: to watch the transition of my daughter into mother and experience the joy of her First Mother's Day .

There is no greater gift, than the love of a child. All other days pale in comparison as there is no day dearer than the First Day as a Mother: the very first Mother's Day.

 

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The text and all images on this page, unless otherwise indicated, are by Lisa Storck who hereby asserts her copyright on the material. Should you wish to use any of the text or images feel free to do so with proper attribution to L Storck and, if possible, a link back to this page. Thank you.

© Lisa Storck 2011


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Hi vocalcoach, thanks for your sweet words and so sorry about your loss. I know it has to be a loss that is felt for a lifetime, though somehow the human spirit keeps on going without those we love. Hugs to you.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

An absolutely wonderful tribute to Mothers! I love your sweet poem and the tender images. My own Mothers Day is bitter-sweet as I lost my firstborn son soon after he turned 43. Thank you and voted up, beautiful and awesome.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas Author

Thanks Susan, I appreciate your positive enthusiasm. You are quite the scrabble player, i am a bit rusty. you will help to resharpen me a bit.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I missed this one last year but so happy that I found it now. Beautiful poem! Memories of my first mother's day are pretty special ones too.


KAM 5 years ago

Beautifully written. xoxo

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