…And the Lord Made Mother
By the time the Lord made mothers, He was into the sixth day working overtime. An Angel appeared and said “Why are you spending so much time on this one?”
And the Lord answered and said, “Have you read the specification sheet on her? She has to have 200 movable parts; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that can hold three children at one time and that disappears when she stands up; have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart; and have four pairs of hands.”
The Angel was astounded at the requirements for this one. “Four pairs of hands! No way!” said the Angel.
The Lord replied, “Oh, it’s not the hands that are the problem because she will manage the work of four pairs hands with her one pair. It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers must have!”
“And that’s on the standard model?” the Angel asked.
The Lord nodded in agreement, “Yes, one pair of eyes are to see through the closed door as she asks her children what they are doing even though she already knows. Another pair in the back of her head are to see what she needs to know even though no one thinks she can. And the third pair are here in the front of her head. They are for looking at an errant child and saying that she understands and loves him or her without even saying a single word.”
“She has the very special power to make a child’s boo-boo feel better and to quell a teenager’s anxieties and fears.
“I gave her the inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times will come even from her own children.
“I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her badly.”
Her love is unconditional.
The Angel tried to stop the Lord “This is too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish.”
“But I can’t!” The Lord protested, “I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick and can feed a family of six on a pound or two of assorted foods that she can manage, and can get a nine-year-old to stand in the shower.”
The Angel moved closer and touched the woman, “But you have made her so soft, Lord.”
“She is soft,” the Lord agreed, “but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.”
She sacrifices for the family, so her family can thrive.
“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” — Barbara Kingsolver
“Will she be able to think?” asked the Angel.
The Lord replied, “Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason, and negotiate.”
The Angel then noticed something and reached out and touched the woman’s cheek. “Oops, it looks like You have a leak with this model. I told You that You were trying to put too much into this one.”
“That’s not a leak.” the Lord objected. “That’s a tear!”
“What’s the tear for?” the Angel asked.
The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her disappointment, her pain, her loneliness, her grief, and her pride.”
The Angel was impressed. “You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything for this one!”
There is one thing wrong with a mother.
She doesn’t know her real worth…
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning
“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” — Rudyard Kipling