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Topic: Snap (09/04/08)
TITLE: What is "Mother's Love"?
By Catharine Smith
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With eyes focused firmly on Charlie I apologize to Father Rynes for looking like a poorly dressed ghost with a mixture of flour, butter, and food coloring on apron, hands , counter and floor. He laughs, saying cooking is a lost art but probably could be found in my kitchen right now. Cleaning myself in the sink I carefully turn while Father Rynes explains his unannounced purpose. “Manny, did you meet Sarah Sunday?” He continued on without waiting for a response, she is new to the area and is trying to raise a newborn alone. She is in grave need of a mentor, a mother figure who can give her guidance and support. Without a second thought Light bulbs flashed and Mother’s Love was established.
Mother’s Love is a group of Mother’s and Grandmother’s who have successfully raised at least one family. When I saw what Sarah was up against, I could not stop. I knew in an instant I was being summoned on a new mission. Sarah a loving girl, abandoned by a non-responsive family was struggling with basic skills of raising a child. Being raised by her father and an absent Mother; who preferred a bottle of booze to her family, she was clueless. My initial goal was to treat Sarah the same as my other children, I soon learned she required more patient, understanding and restraint. Through months and years of trail and error I finally was able to gain the support or our church and community services to help these families. Now we are able to mentor not only single mothers but families as well. With the support of the father’s of our Church, we now embrace these families.
It is amazing what one hour of cooking, cleaning, washing clothes, having tea, grocery shopping with the mother, shows her how to do it without judging or even mentioning what you were doing. They watch intensely: without saying much, many never having accomplished these simple tasks themselves. It is so easy to watch tv and assume that throwing a few ingredients together makes a meal for a normal family. I was shocked to learn most young women do not know how to make mashed potatoes, or potato salad. Watching a child while a mother goes to the grocery store is another small way to make a difference. Things I took for granted with my children are foreign to Today’s youth.
One bell, I thought I did not have the time to answer turned out to be the one bell which I could not afford not to answer. With Sarah; one of our most Dedicated mother’s, we now have an army of willing , dedicated mother’s and father’s with at least one hour a week to dedicate to our young growing families who want to learn the secrets and successes of our older families. Mentoring not judging, Showing not Criticizing, Loving not being envious of what each has turned out to be our success. It was amazing to me how many older adults where jealous of what these kids had materially. With time and only after working and being with these same young adults did the realization come that what they needed was far greater than what they had. Mother’s Love is now offered to all our new and old families who need, want or have MOTHER’S LOVE.
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