Today is a tribute to the beautiful mother. In our house, we've had a saying for many years that one should always refer to one's mother as......The Beautiful Mother. It doesn't matter really why, just that you do.
The reason is that a mother is beautiful simply by the fact that she is a mother. Her job makes her a great beauty. Her love makes her a great beauty and her constant support......well, you get the idea. It is just a way of saying that your mama is a pretty terrific lady and you ought to proclaim it as so.
Trust me, I realize that not all mothers seem so fabulous. My own mother was paranoid schizophrenic and that was not fun to experience. However, looking back, I know that my mother did the best she could with what she had available. She mothered me and my siblings out of a very broken heart with as much care as she knew how to give.
Yes, she was abusive at times, neglectful at times, self-centered at times, angry at times. But at other times she told us each how much she loved us and of her hopes and dreams for our future. She loved even out of her own hurt and that is worthy of honor.
This particular tribute is for my mother-in-law who has many times over been the mother to me that my own mother couldn't have been. Dorothy has been a supporter and encourager when all I could say about myself were harsh words. She has held me up during the times when I didn't think that I could be a mother any longer. She's prayed for me and hugged me and stroked my hair and nursed me when I was ill. She was there to help me breath when I birthed my daughter. Did I mention that she's prayed for me? She's taught me about God and life and family. She taught me to cook my own way and to try arts and crafts. She was that cliche, 'the wind beneath my wings'. And I wanted to say thanks!
Thanks to The Beautiful Mother!
And isn't she truly a beauty!?