It’s an understatement to say that motherhood is the greatest gift ever bestowed upon me. The rewards, however intangible, make every single teardrop so very worthwhile.
So, what do I want as a Mother’s Day gift?
I want what every other loving, caring, true mother wants. I want to see the absolute best for my child. I want the comfort of knowing that I’ve done my job as a mother to the best of my ability; and I want to stand in awe at the fruit of my hard work. I have that gift. Her name is Brandye—my only child. She’s my walking, talking, living, breathing Mother’s Day gift.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. May Mothers Day 2011 be your best yet. Enjoy the quotes!
Quotes for Mothers Day to Every Mother in the World
1. “A mother laughs our laughter, sheds our tears, returns our love,fears our fears. She lives our joys, cares our cares, and all our hopes and dreams she shares.”
2. “Motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion, and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or as sad, as proud or as tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality especially while you struggle to keep your own.”
3. “It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”
4. “She was the archetypal selfless mother: living only for her children, sheltering them from the consequences of their actions — and in the end doing them irreparable harm.”
5. A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
6. Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.
~Mildred B. Vermont
7. When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
8. Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing.
~Toni Morrison, Beloved
9. “I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best I could bring to it.”
10. “A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships.”
11. “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
12. “The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants, but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best.”
13. “To nourish children and raise them against odds is any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.”
14. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”
~Honoré de Balzac
15. “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”
~Dorothy Canfield Fisher
16. “It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.”
17. “The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.”
18. “It will be gone before you know it. The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear.”
19. “Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.”
20. “And so our mothers and grandmothers have, more often than not anonymously, handed on the creative spark, the seed of the flower they themselves never hoped to see — or like a sealed letter they could not plainly read.”
21. “Though motherhood is the most important of all the professions — requiring more knowledge than any other department in human affairs — there was no attention given to preparation for this office.”
~Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Photo credit: John Dalki
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