Today is a special day to reflect and be thankful, a day to pay tribute to our mothers. Mothers have strengths that are amazing...they bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. They often smile when they want to scream, and sing when they want to cry. Moms will fight for what they believe in, especially when children and animals are involved. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors...they are all beautiful.
Moms bring us joy, hope and love, and are filled will compassion for the needy, both the two-legged or four-legged. The deep desires of every mother for her children include:
* Enough happiness to keep you sweet.
* Enough trials to keep you strong.
* Enough wealth to meet your needs
* Enough hope to keep you happy.
* Enough failure to keep you humble.
* Enough success to keep you eager.
* Enough friends to laugh with and cry with.
* Enough determination to make each day better than the previous day,
Mothers need enough self esteem to recognize their value, rather than considering themselves "just moms."
I recall reading about a woman renewing her driver's license being asked by the recorder to state her occupation. She hesitated, and then said, "I'm a mother." "We don't list MOM as an occupation."
I forgot about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation. The clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, and definitely efficient. "What is your occupation?" she probed. What prompted my response I really don't know...the words simply popped out. "I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Animal Behavior."
The clerk paused, pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the title slowly this time, and then stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.
"Might I ask," said the clerk, suddenly interested in me, "Just what do you do in your field?"
I heard myself calmly reply, "I am directly involved in a continuing program of research" (what mother isn't?) "in the laboratory and in the field" (I guess I could have said indoors and out, but it wouldn't have sounded the same.) "I am working on my Masters" (first God and then family) "and already have five credits" (three human and two canine). "My job is one of the most demanding in the world, and I often work 14 hours a day, usually more. It is more challenging than most careers, and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money."
Obviously impressed, the clerk completed the form, and personally ushered me to the door.
As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted royally by our two always- happy furbabies, and through the window I could see my husband and two human children waiting for me. What a glorious life!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
Pauline Larsen can be contacted at Paw Prints, Box 373, Newell, Iowa, 50568 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.