C U R I O S I T I ES
Someday when my children are old enough to
understand the logic that motivates a parent,
I will tell them:
I loved you enough...to ask where you were going,
with whom, and what time you would be home..
I loved you enough...to insist that you save your
money and buy a bike for yourself even though we
could afford to buy one for you.
I loved you enough...to be silent and let you
discover that your new best friend was a creep.
I loved you enough...to make you go pay for the
bubble gum you had taken and tell the clerk,
"I stole this yesterday and want to pay for it."
I loved you enough...to stand over you for two hours
while you cleaned your room, a job that should have
taken 15 minutes.
I loved you enough...to let you see anger,
disappointment, and tears in my eyes.
Children must learn that their parents aren't
I loved you enough...to let you assume the
responsibility for your actions even when the
penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.
But most of all, I loved you enough...to say NO
when I knew you would hate me for it.
Those were the most difficult battles of all.
I'm glad I won them, because in the end you won, too.
And someday when your children are old enough to
understand the logic that motivates parents,
you will tell them....
Was your Mom mean? I know mine was.
We had the meanest mother in the whole world!
While other kids ate candy for breakfast,
we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast.
When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch,
we had to eat sandwiches.
And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner
that was different from what other kids had, too.
Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all
times. You'd think we were convicts in a prison.
She had to know who our friends were,
and what we were doing with them.
She insisted that if we said we would be gone
for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.
We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve
to break the Child Labor Laws by making us work.
We had to wash the dishes, make the beds,
learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry,
empty the trash and all sorts of cruel jobs.
I think she would lie awake at night thinking
of more things for us to do.
She always insisted on us telling the truth,
the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
By the time we were teenagers, she could read
our minds. Then, life was really tough!
Mother wouldn't let our friends just honk the horn
when they drove up. They had to come up to the door
so she could meet them. While everyone else could
date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until
we were 16.
Because of our mother we missed out on lots of
things other kids experienced. None of us have
ever been caught shoplifting, vandalizing other's
property or ever arrested for any crime. It was
all her fault.
Now that we have left home, we are all educated,
We are doing our best to be mean parents just like
I think that is what's wrong with the world today.
It just doesn't have enough mean moms.
Good and Gentle God, we pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women ofvision who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings.
Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly.
Give them the faithful support of husband, family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children.
Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood.
Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.