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Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)
TITLE: Mom's Repair Shop
By Sharon Henderson
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“Bring it here. Let me see if we can repair it.” She picked up the pieces and carefully put them back together. Some children’s toys are made that way today. They just snap back together. If only all problems could be fixed that easily.
“Momma… my heart is broke.” Tears streamed down her teenage face.
“Come sit with me. Let me see if we can repair it.” They sat in silence for what seemed like days. It was really just a few moments in time. The mother listened compassionately as the daughter spoke about the past few weeks. The boy she had given her heart to had stomped on it and broke it into a million pieces. The mother knew it would snap back together but it would take time. She knew that only time could rebuild the trust in love that had been shattered by one immature boy.
“Mom… my dreams are broke.” Tears streamed down her married face.
“Talk to me. Let’s see if we can repair them.” She listened as her daughter gave her the news that not only could she and her beloved husband not have children but she had a potentially life-threatening illness. Together they spoke about the options. The options for a life with or without children. The options for saving her life. Oh, how this mother wanted to put the pieces back together for her precious daughter and son-in-law. This time she knew that only One would ever be able to do that.
“Mommy… Momma… Mom… I’m broken.” Tears streamed down her grieving face.
This time the mother could not respond or repair the situation. Her time had come and she was gone. The daughter drew on the gift of strength that her mother had provided to her through the years. She knew what she had to do. She had to pick up the pieces momma had left behind and move on. She had to pass ‘the strength to get through’ on to the next generation. Her adopted daughter had toys to be fixed, hearts to be mended and dreams to live out.
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