“Life began with waking up and loving my mother’s face.” George Eliot
One dozen points of gratefulness on Mother’s Day:
1. I am grateful to have had a wonderful role model in my own mother. She was the perfect combination of unconditional love, grit, and gentleness. Devastating Dottie, your voice is forever in my head and your love is forever in my heart.
2. I am grateful for the female role models in my life who stepped up as substitutes after I was left on this earth without my mother. My grandmothers, my aunts, and my mother’s friends were all a huge part of my life from that point forward. I know I wasn’t easy. My Aunt Ginny even told me so, although she grew to love me later in life. Thank goodness for that. And, to Cora, who cared for me as a child, I am forever grateful and blessed that I can now enjoy your children and grandchildren as if they were my very own. Life does go on.
3. I am grateful to have had two wonderful nursing supervisors who mentored me as a young nurse. One had children of her own and one didn’t. Nevertheless, they pushed me when I needed it and believed that somewhere underneath the naivete’, there was potential.
4. I am grateful to have had two grandmothers who had very different personalities: one a gentle Southern woman and the other a tough no-nonsense Southern woman of steel. I hope I have inherited the best from them both. There are times when a part of each of them comes out in my personality and my husband affectionately calls me “Gladys” or “Willie.” Either name is a compliment.
5. I am grateful to be the mother to three wonderful sons who are thoughtful to me every day, not just on special occasions. All I can say is… they are close to perfect.
6. I am grateful for my little sister. If you know her, you understand why.
7. I am grateful for my sisters-in-law. They have been my partners in crime as well as my sisters- in-love.
8. I am grateful that the mothers of my perfect grandchildren are exceptional women who are incredible mothers. They have also promised not to put me in a nursing home.
9. I am grateful for my female cousins. I have to mention them because we share too many secrets.
10. I am grateful for my nieces. They are the next generation of mothers. Heaven help them and God speed.
11 I am grateful for my friends who helped guide my children to reinforce the values that we shared. I know there were times when they didn’t seem so lovable, but you loved them anyway. I think we all did a pretty good job with all of our children in the end. It truly does take a village.
12. For those unmentioned women in my life, mothers or not, I am grateful that our paths have crossed. You have all been nurturing in some way.
George Eliot also said, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” #embracethebows