“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” Honore de Balzac
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
She never existed before.
The woman existed, but the mother, never.
A mother is something absolutely new.
As we approach Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, May 13, many of us will turn our attention to the special yet complex relationships we had/have with our mothers. Some are fraught with difficult moments, some with divine exchanges, and yet, others with no memories because of circumstances that led to an abbreviated childhood or the death of a loved one. My relationship with my mother is not perfect… However, she instilled in me a love for gardening; a love for beautiful tropical blooms with exotic names; Frangipani, Bougainvillea, Bachelor’s button, Hibiscus, Jacaranda, Gaillardia , Caladium and many, many more. For this post, I thought I’d share some of the flowers she planted, nurtured and celebrated when they bloomed. They were like children; bright, capricious, eager to please, and temperamental… For now, I wish her and all moms a Happy Mother’s Day! More below
“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” Abraham Lincoln
Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother.
I have vivid memories of afternoons spent in the blazing sun, dressed in sleeveless pinafores, straw hats strapped to our heads, little red buckets and shovels in our tiny hands, planting new seeds and pulling weeds, as my mother instructed my siblings and me on the finer details of fertilizing a garden. Those were idyllic days before the war. Before the war rearranged our lives and our relationship, we looked forward to our gardening lessons and she tested us often on what we had been taught. I remember now, that the first flower I learned by name and recited as often as possible when I chatted with my friends; imaginary and real was – Bachelor’s Button. When I bought my first home and became a mom, I made sure to plant a few of those colorful blue blooms in my yard… Such is the power of a mother’s influence. Over the next several weeks, I will share blooms from my mother’s garden. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: Our mothers give us memories and lessons to carry, and we must pass them on to others.
- Musings: In My Mother’s Garden… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Of Spring and Mothers and Gardens of Love (authorsofmainstreet.wordpress.com)
- My Mom….Mothers day….Gardening Stories.! (peterdopson.wordpress.com)
- In The Garden On A Friday Afternoon (writingthegirl.wordpress.com)
- Garden Progress (mixmakegrow.wordpress.com)