Mother, indeed, is a most beautiful word

May 08, 2010

Kahlil Gibran, the famous Lebanese poet, once defined mother "as the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind."

As we pause to celebrate Mother's Day, you might send your mom a card, go out for lunch, give her a flower, make a phone call, or just spend some quiet time with her.

If you forget to do something good for your mom on this special day, well, shame on you. Your life should not be that busy.

Your mom is worthy of this recognition as she is the person who gave you the precious gift of life.

For many children, however, Mother's Day will be a time to reflect on treasured memories and those good times gone by, or perhaps a quiet visit to a cemetery.


Maybe a few tears from your fondest thoughts will be your gift this year.

When my wife, Sheila, sees 1:23 on a clock, or somewhere, she is always reminded of her mom, and Ethel's time of death; she tells me that her mom must be thinking of her.

There are many ways to remember a mom, and every one of us should take a moment to do so.

Mother's Day is recognized in many countries around the globe.

The two mothers perhaps most responsible for this special day in our own nation are Julia Ward Howe and Anna M. Jarvis, a West Virginia homemaker.

In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday.

In our country, we celebrate this event on the second Sunday in May.

I remember reading a quote from Abe Lincoln as he recognized his mom's importance in his life. He said:

"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

"Throughout my own life, I have seen the love, triumph, and suffering of many mothers.

"I have seen those noble mothers who have lost their sons to wars, and carry this heartache of unending emptiness throughout their remaining years;

"I have seen those mothers who have lost a spouse and been given that responsibility of raising their children alone, and the many sacrifices they have made for the welfare of those children with little or no recognition;

"I have seen the emotional scars left on mothers as a child is lost to illness or other tragedy;

"I have seen the many sacrifices of mothers and their examples of love for their children;

"I read somewhere that 'A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.'"

Mothers are indeed, very, very special people, who have made countless sacrifices for us.

From my own view, mothers seem like they are solely made to love and protect their children.

Another story comes to mind about a mother who had a young child, who was dying from a very serious and contagious illness. The doctor advised the mother not to have any contact with the child because of the illness. The mother ignored the doctor's advice, and cared for, loved, and hugged the child anyway. She, too, died shortly after the death of her child.

This story represents the ultimate bond of love that exists between a mother and her child.

It's always good to have those special days on the calendar to remind us of those important people of our history.

There is none, however, more special or worthy of this recognition than a mother.

Remember the old saying: "A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done"?

Do yourself and the world a favor: Remember your mother on this very special day. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms! I believe Gibran was right..

Mother, indeed, is the "most beautiful word on the lips of mankind."

Lloyd "Pete" Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail

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