Monday, May 15, 2006


The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?", she asked. And the guide said, "Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."
But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams; and the sun shone on them, and the young mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this."
Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her mantle, and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near, and no harm can come."
And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead, and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children, "A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we could not have done it without you." And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today, I've given them strength."
And the next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil, and the children groped and stumbled, and the mother said, "Look up. Lift your eyes to the light." And the children looked and saw above the clouds an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. And that night, the mother said, "This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God."
And the days went on, and the weeks and months and the years, and the mother grew old. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage. And when the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather; and at last they came to a hill, and beyond they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide. And the mother said, "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them."
And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates." And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said, "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence......."
Your mother is always with you....she's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well. Your Mother lives inside your laughter, and she's crystalized in every tear drop. She's the place you came from, your first home; and she's the map you follow with every step you take.


Blogger nelle Opined...

That's beautiful Jen!

I nearly forgot Mother's Day, and was very thankful for the time difference working in my favor for once. Mother's day is in March here instead of May so there are no helpful reminders.

May 15, 2006 11:23 AM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

EJ: I never realized that "holidays" were celebrated on different dates there. Hope everything is going OK!!

May 15, 2006 11:27 AM  
Blogger Scott Opined...

Very nice words. Thanks for sharing that.


May 15, 2006 11:32 AM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

Scott: Thanks! Hope you had a good weekend!

May 15, 2006 12:04 PM  
Blogger Kelso Opined...

Nice picture to go along with that story!

May 15, 2006 12:46 PM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

Kelso: It's one I took in Punta Cana in March - it is a beautiful place!!

May 15, 2006 1:49 PM  
Blogger Kelso Opined...

Yeah, until you get stuck there!!!

May 15, 2006 1:59 PM  
Blogger Kelso Opined...

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May 15, 2006 1:59 PM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

No Doubt!!!! LOL

May 15, 2006 2:19 PM  
Blogger Kelso Opined...

did you see my response about coming down for a visit (on my blog)?

May 15, 2006 2:22 PM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

Kelso: Got it!!

May 15, 2006 2:29 PM  
Blogger Ellen Opined...

Beautiful story and such a nice tribute to mothers everywhere.

May 15, 2006 4:42 PM  
Blogger Jinsane Opined...

Ellen: Thanks - I thought it was perfect!!

May 15, 2006 4:57 PM  
Blogger Neo Opined...

Jen - That was nice. Happy mothers day!

Peace & Hugs,

- Neo

May 15, 2006 7:47 PM  
Blogger Snaggle Tooth Opined...

You took that shot? It's a winner for a postcard or calender...

Nice tear-jerker short-story ending there, thanks for reminding me she's always here, reading it weds am, finally-

May 17, 2006 2:29 AM  

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