Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny
things that happen to everyone.
She has written for the Daily News of Kingsport, Griffin Journal,
Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton
Advocate, and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News
Journal. She has been
published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks
at Guidepost Books. Her articles have appeared in
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This Sunday is the day, which has been set aside to honor mom,
Motherís Day. Now in reality we should be honoring mom every
day, but most of us choose to let them honor us instead; and
most moms continue to do honor us long after the time when we
should be taking care of things ourselves.
When I was growing up, my mother did everything. I never knew
how to cook, clean house, or do laundry until after I was
married. Boy, was that a shock! You mean all this stuff has not
been doing itself for all these years?
When we mature and separate from our family of birth, we tend to
find fault and be critical. Mom either does too much and
smothers us, or not enough and we feel neglected. Mom canít
Itís been said that the older we become, the wiser our parents
seem to get. Thatís especially true when baby comes along and
we donít have the first idea about what to do for colic,
diarrhea, or a fever. And so we call good old mom, now the
source of wisdom and experience.
Of course, nobody ever appreciates us as much as our mothers, in
spite of our shortcomings. Ever hear the mother of a convicted
murderer say on TV what a good boy her son was before he became
We try to do the impossible and say thanks for a lifetime of
sacrifice with a card, a gift, or a bunch of flowers. So
inadequate for what mothers do for their kids. We try to say
thank you in one day for voluntary losses so great and so
numerous that no gift could ever be thanks enough.
Some believe that we pay back our mother by sacrificing for our
own children. But, what about people that donít have children?
They get a free ride? While there may some repayment with a
short period of roll reversal as parents grow old, for most of
life mom will be the caregiver and we will be the care receiver.
Mom doesnít want more gadgets to dust, more nightgowns to put
in the dresser drawer, or flowers to aggravate her allergies. If
only it could be that simple. What a mother wants is for her
children to do something to show that she has succeeded in her
most important role in life, being a mother.
All mothers have an invisible bag inside where they save up the
memories that their children have created. Sometimes they share
them with friends who are also mothers, but mostly they simply
save these things to ponder and think about in moments of lesser
Mother cures our ills with chicken soup while telling us that we
should have listened to her and taken an umbrella, whether it
was raining or not.
Mothers always know. We do not understand these phenomena, but
they seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to their children.
Whatever happens, mother knew that it would happen one of these
days. Thank God it wasnít worse!
Whatís the use? We keep saying thanks for things we canít
possible thank mother for. So, how can we really repay mom?
Simple, grow up to be a somewhat worthwhile person and as an
added bonus do something to make her proud. Thatís really all
a mother wants anyhow Ė except, perhaps, a nap.
Copyright 2003 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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