My mother is very much living, and I’m so grateful for that. But she’s still an angel.** And although I could probably write a book on the things I’ve learned from her, in honor of Mother’s Day I thought I would share just three of the most important lessons she taught me.
(when I was one week old)
#1 – The Importance of Obedience
One summer evening I was playing outside with the neighborhood kids and we were having a great time. Then I heard the call from my mom that it was time to come inside for bed. “Ah, Mom, pleeeease, just five more minutes, okay?” She consented and we returned to our game, which was some sort of tag involving a broom. I’m not sure how it happened, but the next thing I knew I had blood streaming from my finger and was headed into the house anyway, where Mom took care of me without a single “You should have come in when I called.” But I learned the lesson anyway. Whenever I see that scar I’m reminded of the importance of obeying quickly.
Mom is the epitome of putting others first. One thing that has made the greatest impression on my life is my parents’ decision to adopt children. Holly and Richard are 8 and 12 in this graduation picture. Holly has cerebral palsy and Mom is her main caretaker. I vividly remember one day, after being discouraged for having to change an umpteenth diaper, realizing that at some point I wouldn’t have to deal with that, but that Mom always would. I’m so grateful for a mother that serves her family, friends, and God willingly and cheerfully. (And a father too, but this is Mother’s Day.)