MOTHERHOOD


What Is a Mother?



Somewhere between the youthful energy of a teenager and the golden years of a woman's life, there lives a marvelous and loving person known as "Mother."


A mother is a curious mixture of patience, kindness, understanding, discipline, industriousness, purity and love.


A mother can be at one and the same time, both "lovelorn counselor" to a heartsick daughter, and "head football coach" to an athletic son.


A mother can sew the tiniest stitch in the material for that dainty prom dress, and she is equally experienced in threading through the heaviest traffic with a station wagon.


A mother is the only creature on earth who can cry when she's happy, laugh when she's heartbroken, and work when she's feeling ill.


A mother is as gentle as a lamb and as strong as a giant.


Only a mother can appear so weak and helpless, and yet be the same one who puts the fruit jar cover on so tightly even Dad can't get it off.


A mother is a picture of helplessness when Dad is near, and a marvel of resourcefulness when she's all alone.


A mother has the angelic voice of a member in the celestial choir as she sings Brahms lullaby to a babe held tight in her arms; yet this same voice can dwarf the sound of an amplifier when she calls her boys in for supper.


A mother has the fascinating ability to be almost everywhere at once, and she alone can somehow squeeze an enormous amount of living into an average day.


A mother is "old-fashioned" to her teenager; just "Mom" to her third-grader; and simply "Mama" to little two-year old sister.


But there is no greater thrill in life, than to point to that wonderful woman and be able to say to all the world, "That's my mother!"


Fred Kruse