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Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)
TITLE: Amazing Mom
By Lynn Pinkham
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Being the first born of four children, there was more expected of me than the others. For many years it appeared as though I was a big disappointment to my mom. On this, her day, she talked about the pride she had the day I was born. She mentioned many memories; my first day of school, my 8th grade graduation, my first published creative writing story in the school newspaper, my graduation from Nursing School. As she spoke, I could hear the joy, and pride in her voice of the many accomplishments in my life. Her greatest joy, as stated by her, is the fact that I am living my life to please Jesus.
My mind rushed back through memories of my own. Memories of my mom teaching me how to walk a barrel, showing me how to swing a bat, attempting to teach me how to crochet, showing me how to properly ride a horse, and how to drive a standard shift car. Mom never did teach me how to cook. Looking back that day, I realized there were so many things she had taught me.
My mom started parenting at a very young age, often telling me, “Children do not come with instruction books”. In spite of many errors in the process of raising four children, my mom is a great woman in my heart and mind. She did the very best she knew how.
With gentle hands she wiped away tears, and cleansed cut and bruised knees. With patience, and love, she taught us how to play as well as to stop and smell the roses. There was always a listening ear even when my concerns were trivial in nature. No matter what chores needed done, my mom would always stop for a hug or a kiss.
Mom is never too busy for me to hug her even now that I am a grown woman with grandchildren. Even now she teaches me important things in life.
The most important thing I can say about my mom is her relationship with God, with Jesus is amazing. Over the years I have watched her go through cancer, the loss of a child to death, the loss of her home to a fire, many things and yet her faith remains steady, firm and steadfast in Jesus her Savior. The most important lesson my mom has taught me in her 70 years is that Jesus is faithful.
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