There’s no one like a mom

Happy Mother’s Day! This is a re-post from 2014, when I discovered these eloquent words about what it means to be a mom. 

This week, I’m going to let others say it better than I ever could. Below are quotes to match every kind of mom, followed by one of my favorite poems. I hope you see yourself in at least one of these quotes, and I hope they inspire you, make you smile, and let you know that you’re not alone in the great state of Motherhood.

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”
― Debra Ginsberg

“I felt my mother about the place. I don’t think she haunts me, but I wouldn’t put it past her.”
– Julie Walters
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.”
– Oscar Wilde

‘A mighty power and stronger Man from his throne has hurled, For the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world.’ – William Ross Wallace

“When you were small and just a touch away, I covered you with blankets against the cold night air. But now that you are tall and out of reach, I fold my hands and cover you with prayer.” Dona Maddux Cooper

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”
― Donna Ball

“Anyone who ever wondered how much they could love a child who did not spring from their own loins, know this: it is the same. The feeling of love is so profound, it’s incredible and surprising.”
― Nia Vardalos

“A mother understands what a child does not say.”
— Jewish proverb

“Any decent parent always fears that they cannot do enough for their children.  Any decent parent of a disabled child knows that they cannot do enough for their child, yet tries all the harder to keep that child from figuring it out.”
— unknown

“She has to have four arms, four legs, four eyes, two hearts, and double the love. There is nothing “single” about a single mom.”
― Mandy Hale

 

Mother to Son

By Langston Hughes

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
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