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I Know A Dalai Mama

Updated on October 24, 2011
Waiting for lessons  Source:  ann davis
Waiting for lessons Source: ann davis

Today's Mama

Mama's, take a bow! You deserve praise and adoration for all the work you do. I see you driving the kids to school, dropping them off and putting on the final touches of your make-up on your way to work.


I call my daughter the COE (chief of everything). She has a huge calendar in her kitchen, and every single day is written in with appointments and activities, exception of a small space on Saturday evening and Sunday evening.

I think she actually takes a nap on Sunday afternoon. That must be a heavenly time.

Today’s mama is the result of an historic change in the expectation of their role. There are not many stay-at-home moms left, because of the financial demands required to raise a family. It has certainly put stress on the consciousness of a woman, who more than likely feels a tug at her heart strings toward family nurturing.

The demanding levels to do everything, be everything, becomes a juggle act. I was talking to my daughter once, and she didn't hear a word I said…her eyes stared straight through me, probably trying to figure out how to handle two appointments made at the same hour.

I try to help when I can, although she hesitates to ask me. I might pick up one of the kids after school, or stay with one not feeling well, until she gets home. Then there’s the homework, the cooking, the washing, the haircuts, the lessons. Whew! Just watching makes me nervous.

I can’t believe I once had all of those responsibilities. I am amazed, and I bow to all of you. You do it with such dedication, and you are satisfied to receive your joy in little encrements, at a dance recital, a two point score at a basketball game, a notice that one has made the honor roll. Just wait Dalai's, praises and roses will come frequent as they grow older. Ask any Grandmother.

The picture at top is my daughter. Doesn't she look beat?

P.S. This is Sunday afternoon. The daughter just called. She closed the door for the heavenly nap I mentioned. The two boys got in a fight. The daughter came in and whispered, thinking it wouldn't wake her and asked..."Can I go outside and play?" Then the dog hiding under the bed chewed on a cardboard box, then jumped up on the bed and vomited. So much for the Sunday afternoon nap.


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      stessily 5 years ago

      Ann, I can't help smiling at the amusing image of your grandson seeming to tap your daughter's head --- hopefully as gently as it looks --- with his drum sticks. What kid doesn't do that at some time while in wait mode?

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      Ghaelach 6 years ago

      Hi Ann.

      I think that most of these dynamic go to work mum's of today are genies. They must be to do two jobs as they do. An 8 hour day job and then get stuck into the work in the kitchen after the day job not to mention the 2/3 hours before work getting the kids ready for school. Great hub Ann and all so true. Voted up and A/B.

      Take care.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great reading and sorry your Sunday afternoon got ruined.

      i voted you up because you a great granma.

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Gary, that is a hub right there. Not kidding. Your personal comment identifies with so many people. Write some of those, in between your book. Make us smile!

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Lavender, I agree with you. Being a grandmother is a busy life...But I can go home at night to peace and quite. Thanks for the comment.

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      Gary Davis 6 years ago

      I remember Mama taking us to the drive in theater on many a Friday night. I saw Clint Eastwood and Elvis Presley movies "new." I remember her not only taking me and Barry, but 5 or 6 neighborhood kids as well. We would pop a "grocery bag" of popcorn and go to the Frasier Drive in which boasted a large playground with swingsets probably 20 feet high. Us kids would swing so high that the chain would begin to collapse back onto itself. And if that wasn't daring enough,we'd "bail out" at the top of the arc. One of my favorites was a movie about Jerry Lewis and "Stella Stevens?" (I think) in outer space as a couple living on a small space station. The decor and surroundings were a bright orange. Some of the furniture was clear plastic. It was amazing to see the clarity and "hugeness" that the big screen portrayed. Mama's life was doing for us. Thinking about what would make us happy, making our lives special. Mothers ARE special. I don't know if you remember or not,Ann, or if she ever said anything about it, but wherever she went.....there I was....right under her feet. I sure do miss her.

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      lavender3957 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. And I thank you for expressing your applause and commitment to all mothers. Being a grandmother myself, and knowing it takes two incomes to make ends meet now, I find myself just as active today with the grand-kids as I was with my own children.