Monday, January 30, 2006

All the Ways a Mother Prays


~the last kiss planted on a sleeping head before retiring to bed
~the first peek into a dark room upon waking each morning
~the laundry washed and hung, the socks matched, the pajamas folded
~the apple perfectly peeled and cored
~the crusts cut from the peanut butter sandwich
~the small treat purchased when grocery shopping
~the penny specifically saved for tossing into a fountain
~the new tube of chapstick given up with only a small argument
~the last bite of a favorite meal shared without a thank you
~the desired after dinner mint forfeited to tiny hands
~the trinket procured from an overpriced gumball machine
~the teddy grahams placed in the purse for the afternoon drive home
~the kiss given to make the boo-boo all better
~the incredible fuss made over a simple crayon drawing
all of these--
the prayers of a mother.
the little ways this mother says
you are important
i see you
i know you
i love you

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when i originally loaded this photograph from my camera i couldn't remember taking a picture of myself holding rocks. then i realized, we have the same hands.

22 Comments:

Anonymous beansprout said...

So, beautiful! The highest compliment I can pay you is simply to say, "God, I wish I had a mother like you." Your prayers are insuring that your baby boy knows his own value. What a tremendous gift.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Lovely photo and post, but I especially liked the last paragraph.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Swirly said...

Very, very sweet.

9:58 PM  
Blogger Server Girl said...

so true...it seems as if you know that your mom loves you, then everything is alright....cool pic too!! :)

10:00 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

Oh, how lovely!

I don't comment much, but I just wanted to say that your posts never fail to move me.

10:12 PM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

beansprout said it so well and i agree... wow mama! you are such a gift to all of us and most especially to britton! "i see you, i know you, i love you" a perfect mommy prayer...yeah!!!!

11:12 PM  
Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Kisses perfectly put here, there and everywhere! I especially like the sharing of rocks, from these tiny hands, are his kisses to you. Little gifts of thanks!

11:43 PM  
Anonymous Tickled Pink said...

My sons are just a few years older and some of the prayers have changed, but the feeling is still the same. Lovely sentiment. Thanks.

-- Nicole

4:09 AM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

Oh I love this photo. Especially since my girl is continually bringing me rocks for treasures. I love the words you've written here, so beautiful and so true.

4:11 AM  
Blogger Frankie said...

I love that you both have the same open, treasure holding hands. This is so wonderful, all of these tiny ways of showing love. I know that for me, who's only recently left that state of childhood (and really just barely), I've gone back and reflected on all of these little gifts that my mother gave me growing up. I'm sure Britton will too, and while he may not recognize the endless love and sacrifice in the little things right now, someday he will. And he will be so, so, so grateful to have a phenomenal mama like you.

5:06 AM  
Anonymous brenda said...

How many times I have "prayed" the same prayers, thanks for writing this, Your writing is blessing us...

5:24 AM  
Blogger blackbird said...

I like this so much...
I thought I was just obsessing, but now I see it's praying.

5:49 AM  
Blogger bella said...

Oh, yes! I'm writing this down and putting it next to my bed, to read each night, and remember.

7:35 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

wow...i have never thought of it in this enlighting way, what a gift you gave me today!

7:36 AM  
Blogger Josephine said...

So very pretty...

8:48 AM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

Wonderful Prayer!!!!
...hope all the wishes from those saved pennies come true!!!

I actually thought the rocks were muffins at first. :)

1:07 PM  
Blogger dani said...

mothers are the best! and you m'dear sound like one of the cool ones! this post has made me feel very good inside!

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Autum said...

I can always count on you to make me smile or make me cry. This time you did both. You are an old soul, wise beyond your years and you are so gifted at putting your thoughts into beautiful words. Thank you!

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

If you don't mind, I'd like to show this to my daughter and just add that these are also ways in which a mother demonstrates her love for her child. My youngest is 12 and she has moments that I can remember experiencing myself at that age, where sometimes she rages, sometimes she cries "You just don't care about me!"
All the things you've written down here are all of the things that show I do care.

Thanks for your writing and your beautiful pictures. They are a pleasure to read and to look at each day you post.

9:32 PM  
Blogger telfair said...

Absolutely one of my favorite "la vie en rose" posts!

So beautiful, loving, gentle, and generous -- what a pure, absolute love.

11:17 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

amen, amen. lovelovelove this.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah e.Smith said...

How beautiful. Being a new mother I can completely relate. Thanky ou so much for posting this :)

5:22 PM  

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