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WHAT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. According to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Mother’s Day was established by Anna Marie Jarvis (with the help of Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker) following the death of her mother. Jarvis campaigned to establish Mother’s Day, first as a U.S. national holiday, and, later, as an international holiday. The holiday was first officially declared by the state of West Virginia in 1910, and the rest of the states soon followed. Mother’s Day in some fashion and on various dates is celebrated throughout the world.
I am glad our world recognizes the value of mothers. Without them none of us would be here! Someone said: “The sweetest sounds to mortals given, Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.” Almost fifty years ago, in a speech at David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) in Nashville, the late Batsell Barrett Baxter said, “The Christian wife and other is the strongest influence in the church today.”
For almost fifty-six years I have been blessed with a wonderful wife who has been a great mother and grandmother. Her mother was taken suddenly from us in 1973 at the young age of 60 in a freak accident. She was a kind, thoughtful, and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. My own mother was a strong, industrious, and independent-minded woman. She passed away a little less than five years ago at the age of 93.
While not original with me, I can strongly relate to the following which someone listed as being lessons learned from an old-fashion mother. Perhaps many of our readers had a mother like the one described. In my judgment, we need more such mothers today.
My mother taught me to appreciate a job well done. “If you are going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning this house.”
She taught me religion. “You better pray that what you spilt will come out of this rug.”
She taught me about time travel. “If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week.”
She taught me logic. “Because I said so.” Continue reading