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Friday, May 11, 2012

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all 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 :



  1. Beautifully said Roland. You are so sweet! Though I'm not a mother, I still love the sentiment.

  2. Happy Mother's Day to all mommys!

  3. I won't let my mother feel invisible - or my wife! They are both awesome ladies.

  4. How nice are you Roland! I've just come back from the movies to see Dark Shadows (Johnny Depp) and a meal at a Sushie Rail, an early Mothers Day Prezzie, from my loving daughter!
    Happy Mother's Day to all loving mothers out there in the world!

  5. Hi Roland .. Absolutely happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, daughters in the world - you said it right .. cheers Hilary

  6. Thanks, Braine:
    Mother is waiting for me in that land that knows no shadows, putting in a good word for me! May the day be filled with love for all of us, whether we have children or not.

    Each of us is an influence to someone whether we realize it or not. I pray this weekend is filled with peace and healing for you and all those you love. Roland

    I'm with you, Donna!

    Since you are such a great guy, it would only stand to reason that the ladies in your life are great as well!

    C.M. :
    How was DARK SHADOWS? Did you enjoy it? And your daughter was super-neat to treat you like that. Yes, I am with you ... grace to all LOVING mothers ... may those others learn the ability to love someone besides themselves!

    Thank you for this comment and for the Slush pile one as well. You are a true gift to me whenever I see a comment from you here! Roland

  7. Thank you for your kind words and sweet Mother's Day wishes on my blog, Roland. Your mother is sitting up there smiling down on you and all your grace. :)