In Celebration of Mothers

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“My mother lived through the depression, prohibition, numerous wars, including World War I and II, desegregation of schools, and saw women earn the right to vote. She is a tough, independent woman forced to fend for herself and her two children when my father died at age 43, after only fifteen years of marriage. I owe much to my mother, who raised me to value education, family life, and to treat others fairly.”

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz wrote these words about her mother in ‘One Hundred and Going Strong,’ an essay in In Celebration of Mothers. Unfortunately, during the publication process of the anthology, Penny’s mother passed away, two months shy of her 101st birthday. But the lessons Susan Elizabeth Lockwood taught her daughter will live on as her legacy.

Another woman wasn’t as lucky to have her mother live such a long life. In ‘Redwood Park’, Nan Sanders Pokerwinski writes of her parent’s visit shortly after her marriage.

“The visit matters, not only because it’s my parents’ first to my new home, but because we all know it will be my mother’s last. Already she has outlived the doctors’ expectations, but the cancer has spread from her breasts to her spine.”

As they drive through the park, her mother points to an empty picnic table. “If I lived here, I’d bring my lunch to this park and have a picnic every day.”

In closing, Nan writes:

“My mother and I will talk about many things over the next few days, yet only her comment from the backseat, uttered without iron or regret, will stay with me. When I look back on this day, in forty or fifty years, I will have left the husband and lost the Saucy Onion Chicken recipe. My bathroom will need cleaning. And I will be sitting, sandwich in hand, on a park bench in sunshine.”

In ‘The Love I Hold in My Heart,’ Cindy Nappa McCabe writes of how her nieces and nephews filled her life and heart with love. She says:

“Women who have given birth often claim that it is what completed them to feel what a woman is meant to feel, what she is meant to be. We childless mothers often stand aside, feeling less than a woman. Yet so many of us are like mothers, having loved in the same way a mother does. We need to own that and give ourselves that credit. We are not any less a woman.”

She closes with:

“My womb may have always been empty, but my heart has been full…thank you for touching my life and allowing me to touch yours. I have been blessed.”

Motherhood – it’s the love and care you feel for your own mother, living or past, the joy and delights you have with your own children, and as Cindy Nappa McCabe shares, sometimes it’s the love for the blessings that fill your life – even if you didn’t give birth to them yourselves.

Want to read more about the delightful world of motherhood? Would you like a copy to give to your own mother or child? The front has an empty lined page for ‘A Special Message for You’ where you can write your own message. Following the special message page are poems and essays by 26 different authors – all celebrating motherhood in all of its various stages.

You can get your copy or ebook at Amazon here.

During April, you can get your copy direct from the author for only $10 (Regularly priced $13.99)

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. trishafaye
    Apr 15, 2018 @ 15:47:13

    Reblogged this on Embracing Life Tribe.

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  2. Sherron0
    Apr 15, 2018 @ 23:11:27

    Bought the kindle version. Looking forward to enjoying the stories.

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  3. sizzlesue15
    Apr 16, 2018 @ 03:16:51

    What a beautiful post Trisha Faye. I lost my Mum when she was 63 after a 10 year battle with breast cancer. That was 31 years ago and I still miss her every day. It was beautiful reading the different thoughts about each of the mothers in your post. Have a great week.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    M is for the Magic of the ‘Now’ Moment

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  4. Leanne
    Apr 16, 2018 @ 13:02:50

    I really loved every one of those quoted passages – the one where she’s sitting at the parkbench with her sandwich in the sun really warmed my heart.

    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
    N for Never lie

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