A Mother’s Day Tribute: How Can I Thank You, Mom?
Years ago, I wrote this poem for my mom on Mother’s Day. I’m sharing it with you today as a tribute to my late mom and to mothers everywhere. By now, you can tell that I enjoy Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poetry?
How Can I Thank You, Mom?
Let Me Count the Ways
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
I thank you for the tender care you gave to me each day;
the times you rocked me in your arms, and sent bad drams away.
I thank you for the times you picked me up from spills and falls,
for smiling with approval of my silly, childish scrawls.
I thank you for the times we spent vacationing through the years,
for always letting me collect my precious souvenirs.
I thank you for the bandaids, and the permanents, and tears,
for laughter and sweet music, for respecting childish fears.
I thank you for the stories and the prayers shared at night,
and even for the discipline to turn my wrongs to right.
I thank you for not giving up on me in adolescence,
for showing me throughout my life, it’s love that makes a difference.
I thank you for the memories of years that fleeted by,
too fast, it seems, for now I reminisce and heave a sigh.
And yet there’s more to thank you for; there really is no end.
For even now as I extend this special thanks to you,
I say without a single doubt, my greatest joy will be
to echo to my children all the love you’ve shown to me.
“Love…always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 NIV
If your mom is still living, don’t forget to say “thank you” to her often, especially on Mother’s Day. And if she’s gone, thank God often for the memories you have and the life and legacy she gave to you. I lost my mom four years ago. And I still miss her. Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms!
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