I purchased Sing a Song of Seasons at a second hand book store. Every day since the first of January I've read the daily poem. That's what inspired Little January.
Today's entry was a beautiful surprise.
She continued the sentiment on the next page. Now, John Foster's, Diamond Poem is nice, but this daughter's poem tugged at my heart.
It's o.k. to do this and have a word of the year too if you want. For me the importance is really taking some time with the word and seeing how it fits. Today, the sweet mama's birthday, January 7th, my word will be tender.
This is a tender moment between mother and daughter. I don't know if sweet mama knows about this particular entry, but I'll bet she knows how loved she is by her daughter.
So, today dear friends I invite you to celebrate sweet mama and her daughter by declaring today an unofficial mothers day. You don't have to hurry up and make a dinner or brunch reservations, or send flowers, or give free back scratch coupons, unless you want to of course. Acknowledge them. Think about them. Give them a call. Stop by if you can and just give them a hug.
And listen, this isn't just for your biological mother. I'm very fortunate in growing up I have several mamas. They were all sweet until you did something wrong. My sons are also fortunate in they had some other sweet mamas too. Celebrate them.
Not only have I had the good luck to have other mothers take me under their wing, but I won the lottery in the mother-in-law department.
I should also acknowledge the tender feeling when I read what my friends share about their mothers. Sometimes the stories are funny, loving, or just plain crazy. You can feel the love.
Some daughters and sons become warriors in honor of whatever disease or circumstance took their moms from them. While their battle is fierce and determined, it's also tender. I'm always touched by hearing the stories.
One amazing friend, dang I'm really lucky in the friend department, shared her mother's letters with me. What a gift.
To all of you who share your memories about your moms, thank you. I love reading and hearing about it. Please don't stop.
My word for today is Tender. I'm going to send my sweet mama a message. I lost her many years ago, but I talk with her often. There are certain seasons and days I know I'm going to think of her, but then there are other times when I"m gobsmacked from something out of the blue.
I'll eat an orange and talk to my sweet mama. The scent of an orange reminds me of her. I'll contemplate the wonderful things she did for me and I'll honor her.
So, in honor of the unknown mother daughter duo, I wish all you mothers, mother figures, other mothers, a very tender Mother's Day.