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Topic: TEARS - (as in crying) (10/04/04)

TITLE: Joy Comes
By Corinne Smelker
10/06/04

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Once when she was a child, eyes filled with confusion,
Her mother said, “It’s all your fault. You led him on. Now stop crying!”

Once when she was a teen, eyes filled with death,
Her mother said, “Oh your friend didn’t matter – stop weeping and grow up.”

Once when she was a young woman, filled with child,
Her mother said, “You made your bed, now lie on it.”

Once when she was a bride, eyes filled with joy, happiness and love,
Her mother said, “Thank God. We’ve got rid of you at last.”

Once when she was a mother again, eyes filled with future hopes,
Her mother said, “She looks just like you, poor thing.”

Then one day, another came in, hugged her tightly and said,
“Why be so sad?
Jesus loves you, and sent me to you.
Come little one,
It’s all right to cry and mourn what you lost.
I am here, I am the mother you never had.”

I dedicate this poem to my Mom Aleta, without her in my life I would not be here today.


Member Comments
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darlene hight10/11/04
Cori Beautiful entry and tribute. I'm so glad that you had some one like her.
Lynda Lee Schab 10/11/04
Wow! So few words, yet so powerful. What a wonderful dedication.
Love, Lynda
Kristin Slavik10/11/04
Corinne,
Your words spoke volumes. The pain and hope are both apparent here. Nice entry!
Kristin
Rose Gingerich10/13/04
Corrine, You did a wonderful job of describing the pain of rejection, but ended on a high note of joy. Great story although sad. I am so glad for the Mom Aletas in this world. May this story help us to reach out to those who need someone in there life to be there for them.
Blessings, Rose
Joanne Malley10/14/04
Cori-
Painful, but touching. A happy ending to help ease the pain.
Joanne
L.M. Lee10/15/04
a lovely tribute to someone who touched your life deeply.
Glenda Lagerstedt10/16/04
Great testimony about the effect one person can have on another by reaching out. If I could give the world a gift, it would be a Mom Aleta for every child who'd got short changed otherwise.
Kenny Paul Clarkson10/23/04
Excellent tribute! Did your mom read this?
Tamara Rodrigues12/30/04
Cori -

I ached with you when I read this. Thank God for Aleta.

Blessings -

Tam..