Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day, a day to reflect on mothers and mom-like people in our lives.

I don't know what I'm looking at, but Grandma, Ma and Seth all look good... I love the four generations, all together.

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me.
They have clung to me all my life. -Abraham Lincoln

Such a happy memory this is for me, the boy baking up something alongside. He was most interested in the feel of the flour, I think, not so much what we were baking...

Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds.
Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins,
but only one mother in the whole world. -Kate Wiggins

I am very blessed to still get kisses. Blessed indeed.

A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past
in the guise of fond memories. -Honoré de Balzac

I have also been very blessed to have a loving and supportive mother, from day one. Thank you for your example, Ma. I have learned a lot from you over the years. A lot.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people,
promptly announces she never did care for pie. -Tenneva Jordan

That last quote IS my mother. I saw that happen more than once during my childhood. Or, the pie gets cut, one piece looks like a pile of filling and crust--that's the one the hostess takes, my mother always taught me.

And to the boy who made me a mother, my thanks to you, always. Being a mom has pushed me to be a better person, and I thank God every day for giving me you. He knew exactly what I would need in a child, and voila! Here you are. A mom couldn't ask for a better son.

I have a lot of friends who are moms, for sure, and every day I am amazed by all these mothers do. It's a crazy rat race of car pools and appointments and volunteering and work and school activities and sports (you know who you are!) and yet each of you manages to keep on top of it in a way that amazes me, over here, with my singleton. I learn from all of you, as well. (With all this learning, you'd think I'd have a few more things figured out, eh?!)

In my joyful haze of early morning coffee and apple fritter, brought to me by my men, I can't help but also be cognizant of those for whom Mother's Day is a sad one, either by the loss of a parent, a child, or the dream of a child. These Hallmarky days can really put an exclamation point on that pain, I know. Just know you're not alone. Almost everyone I know has a loss at one end or the other, or if they don't right now, they will soon enough. So kiss the ones you love and who love you, every day.

Happy Mother's Day!


  1. ok. this brings me to tears. i stared at the pic of seth cooking with you for a long time. sigh. and that pie quote...yes, your mom to a "t". sher, your lens of gratitude and celebration is a blessing to us all.

  2. i'm the mom of a singleton, as well. i see moms with two, three, four kids, and i think "how on earth do they DO that?" but they do! i'm thankful for other moms, because they inspire me.

  3. Happy Mother's Day! I also loved the photo of you cooking with Seth- I have a photo of Gracie and me that's very similar, except she's a big boss in the kitchen ;) I don't bake nearly enough- when I was in college and grad school, all I did was buy cookbooks and bake anything and everything sweet. When I hit the point where I already had all the ingredients I needed to make nearly any basic baked good in my kitchen, I felt proud. Those days are so gone! I need to start doing that again.

  4. Love your blog today--and what nice words about your mom--I had a great mothers day with my two boys here in Campbell River--and a lovely talk with the son in Toronto--too far away.Happy Mothers day to you.

  5. Speaking of tears...thank you Sherilee for these words of encouragement and cheer.

    Thank you for the joy you have given to both your Father and me when we watch you be a mother.

    Thanks a lot for being who you are.

  6. I came across my photos of you and Seth cooking together from the same photo session...what treasures...the people and the photos!!!

  7. Lovely post, friend. Happy Mother's Day!

  8. Great pictures, thanks for sharing! I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!


  9. what a great post, loved the pics of you, your Mom & Grandmom! Belated happy mothers' day :-)


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