A Letter to Mother

There comes a time when a girl realizes she doesn’t know anything. For me, there have been four women who have spoken life to me at those times, and, humanly speaking, they deserve the credit for my “keepin-goin”.

To Mama, May May, Granny, and Nanny:


Remind me again that I’ll miss the noise

When my children are grown into women and men

And tell me I’ll wish for the clamoring pleas

And the screams and the sighs when it’s quiet then.


Remind me again that the time’s flying fast

And my children will never be this age again.

And tell me again just to do the next thing

Even when it would seem that the world’s caving in.


Remind me again that a nap’s not a shame

And a date with my husband’s more tonic than game.

And tell me that Jesus is counting each sock that

I’ve folded or stuffed in my stuffed mismatch box.


Remind me again that you walked in these shoes

That these moments are golden, and to treasure each day.

And I’ll pray, as I listen, that my love mirrorsย yours

As you tell me again my reward will be great.


8 thoughts on “A Letter to Mother

  1. Oh, Rebekah, I have been where you are now, and all those things you want to be told are true indeed ARE true!

    Here’s a humorous poem I kept posted on my refrigerator when my kids were small.

    Cleaning the house while the kids are still growing
    Is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Ain’t it the truth?! That is why I so love reading your writing, Mrs. Debbie. You are the type to remind me again, and I need to hear it a lot. I think I’m gonna put that on my fridge too! ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless!


  2. Wise words we would all do well to heed. Years ago, when my kids were little, I would sometimes lock myself in the bathroom and call one of my friends for a sanity talk. She was an older lady who has now gone on to be with the Lord. Pat would laugh at me and say, “Rachael, enjoy your children!” ๐Ÿ™‚


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