The Grace of a Loving Mother
Giving Beyond Measure
This is to my mom who is to me, and all of her kids, more wonderful than we are even able to express.
Mom is a small lady with a really big heart. A heart that is more tender and loving than any other I know. It’s compassionate and caring, and can sense things from afar that many of us miss even right in the middle of a situation. That’s a heart that is also strong, able to bear much that goes unspoken. There’s a lot of mom’s heart in all of us kids yet none of us has everything in our own heart that she has, close, but not everything.
Mom is generous to a fault. All of the great things we were able to experience growing up, the camping, travels, history, fishing, pets and all the other adventures would not have been possible without mom. Dad is often recognized for his contributions to these things as he should be. But dad, maybe especially dad, knows how these things would not have been possible without mom. She gave up a lot for us and never seemed to complain, maybe she even found herself in her selflessness.
Mom is always strong, really strong! Mom made breakfasts, lunches, dinners, did the laundry, cleaned the house and helped dad in planning all of the things we did. She did all of this often quietly, in the background so that we frequently failed to realize her significant contributions to the life she afforded us. Who would think on top of all that, she’d have had the strength to endure the craziness of five kids. The cuts and fights, to broken toys and wrecked cars, the bad grades, bad relationships, war, and all the rest should have made her surrender years ago. But, here she is, still being generous, sharing her big heart and being strong for us whenever she can.
Mom is the best. The best kind of mom! One who loves without ceasing, one who sacrificially has given her best years, each of them, so that all of ours may be better. Mom is older now and so sometimes her great character is not so evident as it was at an earlier age. It would have been better if we’d expressed our love and appreciation more frequently and openly many years ago and much more often. Her character is still in evidence though. You see it in the best parts of the children she raised.
So long as you can hear it, it’s never too late to say ‘I love you mom, beyond measure and with great appreciation for your life dedicated to our family and each of us’. Our lives are tremendously enriched by your every gift to us as we grew and began families of our own. If only we could do half as well with our families as you did with yours, we would accomplish something very good and worthwhile.
Now, you can no longer read for your eyes have failed you. You can no longer walk for your body has paid the price of your giving. We are separated by thousands of miles but you reside in my heart every day. It seems so little, so insignificant to say I love you mom. What is that after all you have done, after you given in a lifetime of dedication to your kids? Still, I know what it means to you for knowing we love you has guided your every footstep for all time so believe me when I say, I LOVE YOU MOM.