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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

My daughter, Michele sent me the following "letter" that she found online a few years back. I wish I could give credit to the person or place in which it came but alas, it didn't come with any...I saved it and would like to share it with my visitors today. Yes, I was a "mean mom" and proud of IT!!!


Mean Moms
Someday when my children are old enough
To understand 
The logic that motivates a parent, 
I will tell them, as my Mean ole Mom told me: 
I loved you enough . 
To ask where you were going, 
With whom, 
And what time you would be home.
I loved you enough 
To be silent 
And let you discover that your 
New best friend was a creep.  

I loved you enough 
To stand over you for two hours 
While you cleaned your room, 
A job that should have taken 15 minutes. 

I loved you enough 
To let you see anger, 
Disappointment, and tears in my eyes. 
Children must learn that their parents 
Aren't perfect.
I loved you enough 
To let you assume the responsibility 
For your actions even when the 
Penalties were so harsh 
They almost broke my heart.
But most of all, 
I loved you enough . . . To say 
NO when I knew you would hate me for it.
Those were the most difficult battles of all. 
I'm glad I won them, 
Because in the end 
You won, too. 

And someday when your children 
Are old enough to understand 
The logic that motivates parents, 
You will tell them.
Was your Mom mean? 
I know mine was. 
We had the  meanest mother in the whole world! 

While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we 
Had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. 

When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, 
We had to eat sandwiches. 

And you can guess our mother 
Fixed us a dinner that was 
Different from what other kids had, too.
Mother insisted on knowing 
Where we were at all times. 
You'd think we were convicts in a prison. 
She had to know who our friends were, 
And what we were doing with them. 
She insisted that if we said 
We would be gone for an hour, 
We would be gone for an hour or less.
We were ashamed to admit it, 
But she had the nerve 
To break the Child Labor Laws 
By making us work.  
We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, 
Learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, 
Empty the trash 
And all sorts of cruel jobs. 
I think she would lie awake at night 
Thinking of more things for us to do.
She always insisted on us telling the truth, 
The whole truth, and nothing but the truth. 
By the time we were teenagers, 
She could read our minds 
And had eyes in the back of her head. 
Then, life was really tough!
Mother wouldn't let our friends 
Just honk the horn when they drove up. 
They had to come up to the door 
So she could meet them. 
While everyone else could 
Date when they were 12 or 13, 
We had to wait until we were 16
Because of our mother 
We missed out 
On lots of things other kids experienced. 
None of us have ever 
Been caught shoplifting, 
Vandalizing other's property 
Or ever arrested for any crime. 

It was all her fault.
Now that we have left home, 
We are all educated, 
Honest adults. 
We are doing our best to be mean 
Parents just like Mom was.
I think that is what's wrong with the world today. 
It just doesn't have enough mean moms!
Mother's Lifetime Recipe
2 heaping cups of patience
1 heartful of love
2 handsful of generosity
dash of laughter
1 headful of understanding
Sprinkle generously with kindness.
Add plenty of faith and mix well.
Spread over a period of a lifetime.
And serve everybody you meet.
~Seasoned With Love~

9 comments:

  1. A timeless recipe! Happy Mother's Day, Louise!

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  2. Thank you T.W. Indeed it is...Very sweet of you to drop off such a sunny message:)

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  3. Happy Mothers Day, Louise! :)
    xox

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  4. Thank you Maryann...I keep thinking of things to add to that list of yours! Too funny. Hope you had a wonderful day:)

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  5. That is indeed a nice letter !
    Happy Mother's Day !

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  6. Thanks for dropping by Sidney. I hope you enjoyed your day!!!

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  7. Hope you had a sunny Mothers day in your new garden Louise! I'm sending this meanie message off to my six daughters now LOL I guess I fell into the category as well.

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  8. Happy Mother's Day! Did you get your Wii?

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  9. Sunny it was YankeeSoaper. I had just as much fun as I'm sure you did.

    Oh how do our gardens grow. Much like our children I suppose. Let me know what the "girls" thought.

    Hi Duckie,
    No, I didn't the Wii:( I'll be buying one for myself real soon...

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise