“Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean? In my heart it don't mean a thing.” ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987
And grown means nothing to the child. No matter how many years we give her thanks, she is still our Mom. Her years may number in the 80s and 90s. She will always be Mom.
The internet offers many quotes about mothers. I still think the best homage comes from Proverbs 31.
“A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
“She is up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
“She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
“When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
‘Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!’
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!”
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!