Sunday, May 11, 2008


When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren

"As if being just 'Mom' isn't hard enough," that's what the headline read. It was exactly 12 years ago today, May 11, 1996. I was a photographer for the Ashland Daily Tidings and Karen and our five kids were the featured photograph on Page 1. I took the photo myself a few days before.

Karen was selected as the newspaper's mom of the year feature. Not because I worked at the paper. Actually we broke a big rule. We NEVER use family members as stories. Karen won that honor on her own merit. We had recently adopted Rachael and Daniel, who were 6 and 5 at the time. So being a mother of five plus running a full-time daycare business, not to mention two of our kids were deaf and hard of hearing and disabled, she earned the honor (and still does).

In honor of Mother's Day here are some quotes and poems for and about mothers.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont

The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
~William Goldsmith Brown

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. ~Aristotle

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul

Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. ~T. DeWitt Talmage

A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done. ~Author Unknown

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men - from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers. ~Jewish Proverb

Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
~Helen Hunt Jackson



Bruce Stewart said...

Excellent post!

BreeWee said...

I agree, excellent post! Most men don't get it the way you summed it up!
Happy Mom's day to Karen, hugs to her from me... LOVE the quotes too, thanks you for sharing!

see you all around town... or maybe Thursday night if you go to Bike Works, I think I will stop in to see what they have going on.


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