The Norman Transcript


May 17, 2013

The reality of Mother’s Day



The good news is children grow up and Mother’s Day becomes a special occasion. It is filled with experiences we may not have expected but come Monday morning we willingly unburned to anyone willing to lend an ear.

Consider the wonderful experience of another friend. Her mother-in-law arrived for a prolonged visit at the home of the only daughter-in-law who still speaks to her. One would think gracious would be the operative word when it comes to the behavior of said mother-in-law, but you would be wrong. Try never satisfied and always complaining. How long before even this daughter-in-law refuses to have anything to do with the woman?

When I hear such sad stories of less than wonderful mother-in-laws, I count my blessings because Hubby’s mother was loving, kind and did not butt into our business.

After we became engaged, Hubby took me home to meet his parents. Mom’s first words to me were “If Jim loves you then we love you.”

Whenever she was asked how many children she had, Mom would answer “Eight. Four are ours and the other four are ours as well by marriage.”

My mother was an amazing lady. She was the heart and soul of our family. When she passed on to a better place, a piece of all our hearts was broken.

No matter where you fall in the spectrum of good to bad memories of your mother, the essential thing to remember is that contrary to popular belief and unrealistic expectations, mothers are human. No matter how much we may protest the incontrovertible truth, humans make mistakes. But we still love our mothers.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Check out her novel “The Dionysus Connection” on Amazon or ask your bookstore to order it for you. Visit her website:

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