We decided to write all our thank you notes on Saturday, while all the family was still in town and we could “divide and conquer”. My brothers even got in on the action, and five of us made short order of all those cards. As we prepared for doing so, we grabbed Mom’s address book. I wasn’t surprised to see that the book was exactly the same as mine (even though we didn’t buy them together), and she had socked away some of her favorite cards and pictures in the back.
I was surprised to see a note that I sent to my mother back when I was in college (1980-84). The front of the page was typed. And I mean typed… as on a typewriter! The back had a handwritten message. I thought I would share, since it illustrates just how long and how much I have valued my mother.
Front (I don’t know where I got this):
“Today’s children dare to be different. Their independence is a gift; their friendly and caring manner is a lesson to each of us and their lives reflect the times in which we live. These children do have the future in their hands. Parents’ role in their lives is to influence them positively, to help them meet the challenges before them.”
Hahlil Gibran said: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you, but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love, but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies, but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backwards nor tarries with yesterday. You are the Bows from which your Children as living arrows are sent forth. The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far!!! Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrows that fly, so He loves also the Bow that is stable!”
Back (in my handwriting):
Thank you for being my Bow, for without you I could not fly. It means so much to me to know that I can share my thoughts, my dreams, my soul, with you. We have gone through — and will probably continue to go through — some tough times, but we’ll survive! We’re born survivors — and together we can do anything!
I love you!
Happy Mother’s Day,
I am so grateful to have found this gem and I am truly honored and touch that she has kept it all these years. I will cherish it always. And boy, do some of those words ring true even today, after all this time.
Mother’s Day (1980) – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081186/