Saturday, May 7, 2011
A Mother's Day Tribute-Guest Post by Karen Lange
M is for the million things she gave me.
O means only that she's growing old.
T is for the tears were shed to save me.
H is for her heart of purest gold.
E is for her eyes, with love light shining.
R means right, and right she'll always be.
Song lyrics by: Howard Johnson, 1915
I can still picture my Mom, with a twinkle in her eye and a hint of a smile, singing this to my sisters and me. Why? Well, you see, there had been a bit of grumbling over some chores, and perhaps an argument brewing among the ranks.
For the record, Mom was not the type to throw guilt trips on us. She was smart and funny, and cared about us enough to teach us right from wrong. I think maybe Mom’s invisible lyrics to the song went something like this:
“Get moving girls! I am your Mother; this is but a small task I ask of you today. P.S. Someday you will have your own children and understand.”
Mom was right. As the mother of three grown children, I get it. Boy, do I get it. So this Mother’s Day, I thought I’d use the song for inspiration to pen a small tribute to Mom and the things she taught us.
M – is for memories, big and small.
O – is for others, to show kindness and compassion.
T – to treasure family times together.
H – to have a heart that loves.
E – is for every little thing that she did.
R – to remember the legacy left in four daughters.
Thank you, Mom. I cannot repay you for all you did for me, but I can be forever grateful. You may be gone from us on this earth, but never in our hearts. Happy Mother's Day. I love you.
Karen Lange is a writer, blogger, and online writing instructor at Coffeehouse for Writers. Stop by her blog at karenelange.blogspot.com, she’d love to see you!
To listen to or learn the history of the song, visit: http://parlorsongs.com/issues/2000-5/2000-5.php
Image Carlos Porto