The act of mothering can be defined in terms of not just someone who gives birth to a child but also as someone who helps raise a child even when not their own. Someone who provides a child with love and affection. Someone who protects, cares for, guides, and nurtures a child.
Mothers come in all forms and from all paths of life. Let us take a moment to thank and celebrate those who have mothered us into becoming the people we are today. And, for all the mothers out there, take a bow because you are very, very special. Mother’s Day Poems “Tribute to Mother” John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892) In this lovely, short poem, John Greenleaf Whittier begins with a memory. He imagines himself sitting on his mother’s knee as she gently calms him. He then reflects on how his mother’s love and guidance helped him later in life. We often think of childhood as a happy, simple time. However, this poem recalls how difficult it can be to be a child. Sometimes, the world doesn’t make sense. A mother’s firm but gentle love and guidance can make a world of difference.
A picture memory brings to me;
I look across the years and see
Myself beside my mother’s knee.
I feel her gentle hand restrain.
My selfish moods, and know again.
A child’s blind sense of wrong and pain.
But wiser now,
A man gray grown,
My childhood’s needs are better known.
My mother’s chastening love I own