Tuesday, February 06, 2007

the art of mothering

to my mother,

"The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children."
Elain Heffner

if that is what mothering is all about, then i think you have mastered the art beautifully. you have equipped all 3 of us with all the pieces that we need to live our lives to the fullest. honesty, compassion, kindness and love surround all of us as we wind our way through this world. and sometimes, being so very far away, just knowing you are there is all we need.

on this, your birthday, i wish you peace and rest. i had planned, quite seriously, to have your gift in your hand on your birthday. however, that does not seem to have happened.

your gift involves this:

becoming a pair of these:

as you can see they are a far cry from complete.... i have no pattern so i will be doing this one on the fly. my first attempt at this, so perhaps you'll find them in next year's christmas stocking. i am hopefully optimistic for spring (spring in newfoundland terms, not yours).

for all the kind words, gentle encouragements (and not so gentle), and love you have given me over the years, i thank you. we are truly lucky to have a mother as compassionate and caring as you.

enjoy your day mom - you deserve all the rest and relaxation in the world.

love jen.

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