My earliest recollection of my mother was calling her name out in the middle of the night so she could console and enfold me safe in her arms and rock me back to sleep with her gentle touch of reassurance. As the years unfolded, she became my playmate, playing hopscotch with me, adjusting my training wheels and braiding my dolls hair. Mother would gladly give up new shoes for her feet to let her children have a new pair.
The thought of my mom is still precious and fresh in my mind. I think of the picture of her when she was eight months pregnant with me. "I gained 40 pounds with you and craved oranges," she would say. How priceless those memories are even years and years after she went to heaven. A good mother gives so much of herself, becoming a counselor, teacher, friend, disciplinarian, comforter. a good mother is so many things.
Never miss an opportunity to show your children what it means to be a loving person. Steadfast love is what sustains a child through times of turmoil. A parent's example, words and attitude set the stage for a child's future development. Provide an atmosphere of emotional comfort, a place of peace and security in your home, letting their friends be welcomed there. The ornament of a house is the warmth of hospitality and love to all who dwell in it.
Mother's also need to take special care of themselves on a regular basis in order to keep up with the demands placed on their time. A father's involvement is equally important to the well being of the family, a strong character, confident and full of faith. "Husbands: love your wife as your own self." -Ephesians 5:28-30. Give your wife special attention, reassurance and understanding. Value her opinion and listen to her. Let both of you teach your children about God. Awaken them to higher things. Show them a respectful nature, compassion, honesty, generosity and traditional values. A new baby is like the beginning of all things, wonder, hope and a dream of possibilities.
William Branham once said, "An angel is always around a woman who is expecting a baby." I believe the angels leave with the new mother and child their influence and bring out the best that God intended a mother to be. Whenever I have held a little newborn and seen it look over my shoulder and smile at something behind and above me, I'm sure that the baby still sees the angels. God is so gracious to blend this dimension with the heavenly for the first few weeks of this new life.
I once read a quote from an eighteenth century writer who said, "God sends children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race, but, to enlarge our hearts and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections; to give our souls higher aims and to bring round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles and loving, tender hearts."
Every true mother's heart continually gives love to others long after their children are grown and gone from the home. For they know that everyone has a great need for loving attention. So even though you may not have children of your own, there is in many an adult, a lonely child crying out for love and understanding, so give freely and rejoice in the opportunity to do so. We all need to be loved and cared for.
Because of the example of motherhood given to me, I have longed for many a year for the chance to one day be a mother, to hold and mold a little life to be the light God meant it to be in this world. One of the many songs I will sing to my baby someday will be, "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine."
|Catherine Galasso-Vigorito, mother of a baby girl, is a regular contributor to AAB and columnist for the Journal Register Co. Purchase her book, The Treasure Of A New You, by sending $12.95 + $3 shipping to P.O. Box 2192, Branford, CT 06405.|
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