Letter: God gave you a gift — your mother

It takes more to be a mother than carrying a child for nine months and nurturing it. More than giving birth to a child. It takes a lot of time, effort and sleepless nights.

Mothers go through sickness, diaper changing and bottle feeding — and feel it is worth it all. Mothers try to protect their children from harm and danger. When a child gets hurt, Mom is there to pick them up and cuddle them and kiss away their tears. She will hold them and rock them until she knows they’re feeling better. When Moms have to spank a child, it comes with the notation, “This hurts me more than you.” (“Yeah, right,” my son would say, before applying his own observation, ‘We’re just spending some quality time together.’”

When children are little, they step on a mother’s toes. When they get older, they step on Mom’s heart. But Mothers forgive them because that is the way God made Mothers — their love is unconditional.

Moms try to give sound advice when their children are growing up, and hope they listen. She knows she wasn’t always right, and please forgive her when she was wrong, for she was always doing her best. Moms correct their children and try to bring them up in admiration and the nourishment of the Lord. She respects the fact that each child has his or her’s own personality.

So today we have recognition for all mothers on Mother’s Day. We honor her, cherish her, and love her like she loved us all through the years. Give your Mom hugs and kisses today. Say to her, “Mom, I love you?” Give her a gift, or take her out to eat for appreciation.

And always remember, God gave you a gift — your mother to love until God takes her home to heaven.

Arlene Lee Bachman, Van Wert


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