To All Mothers, With Love

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Every nurturing soul, male or female, who has cared for another living being is celebrated at this special time.

Maybe you have raised a child, cared for animals, taught others, or even tended a garden.  That peculiar interest in, and concern for, the well-being and growth of another living being breathes in your heart.

Happy Mother’s Day to you.   -WG

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, each in our own way, here are some interesting thoughts to ponder:

"Golden Celebration," a David Austin English Shrub rose blooming today for the first time this season.

“Golden Celebration,” a David Austin English Shrub rose blooming today for the first time this season.

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves,

allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway…

… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”

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C. JoyBell C.

Unknown Floribunda rose

Unknown Floribunda rose

 

“But kids don’t stay with you if you do it right.

It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.”

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Barbara Kingsolver

Rose, "Lady of Shallot" with Dutch Iris.

Rose, “Lady of Shallot” with Dutch Iris.

“In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess.

She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way.

I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.”

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N.K. Jemisin

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“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.”

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―Robert A. Heinlein

 

An unkown Floribunda rose

An unkown Floribunda rose

“Mothers are all slightly insane.”

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―J.D. Salinger

Columbine growing through the foliage of peonies.

Columbine growing through the foliage of peonies.

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own,

to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…

and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”

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Donna Ball

"Lady of Shallot" English shrub rose by David Austin.

“Lady of Shallot” English shrub rose by David Austin.

“Motherhood is near to divinity.

It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.”

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Howard W. Hunter

Japanese Iris, blooming in the frog pond.

Japanese Iris, blooming in the frog pond.

Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

R. "Lady of Shallot"

R. “Lady of Shallot”

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