Two readers sent me articles appropriate for Mother’s Day. The first one is entitled, “A Letter from a Mother to a Daughter”, originally composed in Spanish by Guillermo Pena and translated into English by Sergio Cadent. I have adapted it for a son or daughter.
“My dear child, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to be patient please, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. When we talk, if I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say, ‘You said the same thing a minute ago’. Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.
“When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were young?
“When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, teach me and give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way. Remember, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day. The day you see I’m getting old, I ask you please to be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.
“If I occasionally lose track of what we are talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I cannot, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.
“When my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad, just be with me, and understand me while I approach the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared.
“With a big smile and the huge love that I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you, my precious child.”
The second e-mail I received is a prayer that anyone could say, but I have adapted it for Mothers.
“Dear God, on this Mother’s Day I ask you to grant this request:
“May I know who I am and what I am as a person and a mother every moment of every day.
“May I be a catalyst for light and love bringing inspiration to my family and those I meet.
“May I have the strength to stand tall in the face of conflict, and the courage to speak my voice, even when I'm scared.
“May I have the humility to follow my heart and the passion to live my soul's desire.
“May I seek to know the highest truth and dismiss the gravitational pull of my lower self.
“May I embrace and love my entire self, my darkness as well as my light.
“May I be brave enough to hear my heart, to let it soften so that I may gracefully choose faith over fear.
“Today is my day to surrender anything that stands between the sacredness of my humanity and my divinity.
“May I be soaked in holiness and engulfed by your love. May all else be secondary. Amen.”
May God’s blessings be with all our mothers living and dead on the special day when we honor motherhood. We thank you for being a blessing in so many ways. We love you and God loves you. Have a blessed and love-filled Mother’s Day!