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Sunday, May 9, 2010

A MOTHER'S DAY GIFT TO MY FRIENDS


To me, mothers share a lot in common with farmers. Like farmers, they toil every day. They sow seeds without a promise of a sure harvest. Under the most harsh conditions, they till the soil, pull weeds, and prune where they believe it is needed.

With no promise of a certain return or a good harvest for all their labor, they work on.

What did my own mother often tell me? "Mothers hold their children's hands for only a short time -- but their hearts forever."

And for all their efforts, their loving kindnesses, their reluctant punishments -- they tend to slowly fade into the shadows, hidden from the spotlight of their children's ever-growing focus upon themselves, their wants, their lives. Mothers often grow ghost-like even in the eyes of their husbands, chained to the demands of job, bills, and a vitality that is frighteningly leaving them.

For all you mothers out there who feel they are slowly becoming invisible, unappreciated, and alone. Here is a video I borrowed from Kimberly Job's lovely blog, SCRIBBLED SCRAPS : http://scribbledscraps.blogspot.com/


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32 comments:

  1. What a great gift for mothers, Roland! Hope you're having a happy weekend.

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  2. Once I heard that motherhood is the one job in which it's the goal to make your job obsolete. So true. I'm enjoying it while I can.

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  3. A lovely post for mothers everywhere.

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  4. fabulous... hope you get to see yours today!

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  5. I hope all mothers enjoy that post Roland - good to meet you!

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  6. What a nice quote for Mother's Day! They do hold their hearts forever!

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  7. In your honour and in the honour of wall the Writwrs and Poets, I published an ilustration.

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  8. I've read this video somewhere before. It's so great and true!!

    I love the banner of your blog. And the black background. Ooo!! Thanks for stopping by mine and the in-depth answer. I'll answer it there. :)

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  9. Hey, great analogy. I'm a farmer's daughter and the mother of four boys. I hope I've giving them a firm foundation to grow straight and tall.

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  10. Thanx. Your mama did good. (;

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  11. Lovely post for Mother's Day, so much more meaningful than a rashly purchased card or overpriced chocolates.

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  12. Enjoyed this clip very much! Thanks for sharing it!

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  13. Thank you for the lovely post! I know I haven't commented in a while, but just wanted you to know that I really have been enjoying your blog!

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  14. Aw, thanks for the lovely tribute to mothers, Roland. You are a kind soul.

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  15. Love your mother's day post. I saw your comment at the Disgruntled Bear and suggest you consider querying Spencer Hill Press (www.spencerhillpress.com) this fall (they're closed to submissions now). Celtic/Native American YA fantasy sounds intriguing!

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  16. Nice to drop in and visit your blog. I'll have to return and read at leisure. It's been a long day of BJD, but well worth it!

    I see you work in the non-profit field. You definitely need to check out my new book, "Before You Say Yes ..." Please see more at:
    http://www.dundurn.com/books/you_say_yes

    Thanks!
    Doreen Pendgracs

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  17. I liked that analogy to the farmer. Really cool post for Mothers Day and every day.

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  18. It is the only job that lasts and lasts. I love being a mom. Thanks for your post!

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  19. A wonderful post - thank you for sharing that video! I do think we moms (and dads, too!) need to be reminded every so often of the importance of our work, even when no one else (but God) sees. I hope you had a great weekend!

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  20. Thanks for jogging by my blog on Blog Jog Day! If you are on Twitter, please send at @writersinthesky tweet so I can follow you.

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  21. Lovely post! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  22. Thanks for the great Mother's Day post, Roland! Just what I needed today.

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  23. Thank you for that lovely sentiment Roland. It touched my heart.

    .......dhole

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  24. It is the witching hour and the shadows draw closer, my mind getting sleepy. But I wanted to say thanks to all those who cared enough to comment :

    Tali : May your new week be wonderous, thanks.

    Theresa : May your job as mother be a joyeous one this month.

    Joanne : Thanks for the kind words.

    Laughing Wolf : May your post get ever more popular.

    FlowerPot : Good to meet you, too.

    Aubrie : You always know the right thing to say. Don't be a stranger.

    L. Diane : I'm so happy you liked my post.

    Skizo : I visited your site and said thanks in person, so to speak.

    M.Gray : Thanks for your in-depth to my post on your blog. Come back here, please.

    Mary : I'm sure you're giving them a firm foundation -- and love, even more important.

    Jojomama : Your mother did good too.

    Brigid : And there are fewer calories with my post, too! Thanks for the very kind words.

    Bossy Betty : You're welcome. Come back.

    Alexis : That you've been enjoying my blog means so much to me. It sometimes feels as if I'm playing to an empty house. Come back, hear?

    Carol : Thanks. And you're a beautiful soul with humor and zest for living that shows on your blog.

    Disgruntled Bear : Thanks for the heads-up on the publisher. I wrote that name down and to remember the fall. Thanks for liking my post.

    WizardOfWords : Thanks for returning the visit. I'll check out your book.

    Plain Jane : In a way, we all are like farmers, sowing seeds that will bring harvests of what we sow, more than we sow, and later than we sow. I guess I should sow more love and less short temper, right? Thanks for liking my post.

    Kazzy : I just have the hunch that you make the neatest Mom. Thanks for stopping and commenting.

    Susan : Like with Kazzy, I get the feeling that you are one super-mom. And The Father never leaves your side, even when you feel alone.

    Yvonne : With only a company cell phone, I don't twitter. But thanks for the visit. Please come again. I will always answer here.

    Kimberly : I hope you don't mind me borrowing your video from your blog. And thanks for visiting mine. Don't be a stranger.

    Lisa and Laura : That my post helped in some small way mean a great deal to me. Please come back again.

    Donna : You and I keep really late hours. We have to be kinder to ourselves!

    All of you, have a wondrous and awesome new week, Roland

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  25. This post and video presentation truly express it, this invisibility we sometimes feel, and then it inspires us to continue. I like the metaphor because not only does it apply to mothering, but also to writing! I remember when I first had this AHa moment while writing a university paper, thinking to myself "Will she really read all this?" It was then that I told myself "It doesn't matter; the point is that I am writing it!" This realization is what keeps me writing.

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  26. Thank you for the Mother's Day wish and also for jogging with me on Blog Jog Day :)

    Maggie at tethered mommy dot com
    http://www.tetheredmommy.com

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  27. One of the most meaningful mother's day posts I've read. Of course we celebrate mother's day in March here in the UK, but it's still applicable.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  28. What a wonderful Mother's Day post, and a beautiful sentiment.

    Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. :-)

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  29. I saw this woman live...she is really amazing at getting to the heart of the matter. She did a piece on breast cancer that had me in a puddle. I have not seen this one though. Thank you :)

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  30. Hi Roland .. thanks for introducing me to Kimberley .. and what a thought provoking YouTube clip .. so true .. about all women .. mothers especially .. Thanks - how wonderful life is hidden in the eaves and just gently going forward for the good of all - Hilary

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