Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Fast Forward from Ralph 14

Saying for the Day- Without our mothers we would not be...
I have a good Friend called Ralph who forwards things to me and I share the best of them with you. This is his Mother’s day contribution.

MOTHER

This is a truly BEAUTIFUL piece. Please read this at a slow pace, digesting every word and in leisure, do not hurry, this is a treasure.

For those lucky to still be blessed with your Mom, this is beautiful. For those of us who aren't, this is even more beautiful. For those who are moms, you'll love this.

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. 'Is this the long way?' she asked. And the guide said: 'Yes, and the way is hard.

And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.'

But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and the sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried, 'Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.'

Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, 'Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come.'

And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children,' A little patience and we are there.' So the children climbed, and when they reached the top they said, 'Mother, we would not have done it without you.'

And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up at the stars and said, 'This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today, I I've given them strength.'

And the next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said:

'Look up. Lift your eyes to the light. ' And the children looked and saw above the clouds an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. And that night the Mother said, 'This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God.'

And the days went on, and the weeks and the months

And the years, and the mother grew old and she was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And when the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And mother said, 'I have reached the end of my journey.

And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them.'

And the children said, 'You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.' And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: 'We cannot see her but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence...'

Your Mother is always with you.... She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well. Your Mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in every tear drop. She's the place you came from, your first home; and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate you.

Not time, not space... not even death!


@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls-the little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life goes on as usual-The Town Council met last night. They were fighting over the town cable system, again. The Council agreed that the seven channels they have now is not enough . Last month they sent out a survey sheet asking what new channels people wanted. It broke down in the following manner. Seven per cent wanted a news channel , 7% wanted a comedy channel, 7% wanted a kids channel, 7% wanted and old movie channel, 14 % wanted the Discovery channel, 14% wanted the Fox news channel, 14% wanted the History channel, 14% wanted a shopping channel, and 20% wanted a porno channel. Out of the one hundred and twenty subscribers they got fifteen responses. So three people wanted a porno channel. Mrs. Trumble announced that there was no way she could vote for a porno channel and she would veto it if the rest did. Eino pointed out that while he would vote against a porno channel Mrs. Trumble didn’t have any veto power. She said she would veto it anyway, power or not. Eino suggested they contact the people who sent in those three cards and have them clarify what they want. Each card had a number in the corner indicating which customer sent it in. Three calls later they discovered two facts . One nobody remembers sending in any card and two all three families had teen age boys. The Council then decided to add the History channel and the Discovery channel. So the Pigeon Falls cable system now has nine channels.
Little by little the town is being pulled into the twenty first century.
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7 Comments:

Blogger Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Dr. John,
Thank you for posting this wonderful tribute to mothers. Unfortunately, not all mothers are so full of love and grace. Some can be very negative influences on their children. And as much as you have been able to forgive, love and accept her, you cannot say that she was a good mother. Makes Mother's Day every year very difficult.

8:31 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

This was wonderful Dr John, I never read this before, it was nice of you to post it for everyone to read.

Thank you for sharing

9:26 AM  
Blogger Alpha Dude 1.5 said...

I remember when the TV was only in black and white, and there were only three channels and you had get up, walk over, and turn the knob to change the channel.

Sometimes I miss those days.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Sneaky teenage boys. So none of them questioned why there was a number on the return postcard. Maybe the town should get the Learning Channel.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

What a lovely post. What a lovely tribute to Mother's Day.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

That was beautiful Dr John.

7:03 PM  
Anonymous jan said...

Absolutely beyond a doubt the most amazing creatures who ever walked the earth. O, wait. I'm one of them...

10:10 PM  

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