Things Mothers Learn

Things Mothers Learn

THINGS MOTHERS LEARN

I gave you life, but cannot live it for you.

I can give you directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.

I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot decide for you.

I can offer you advice, but I cannot accept it for you.

I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.

I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor.

I can advise you about friends, but cannot choose them for you.

I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure.

I can tell you about drink, but I can't say "no" for you.

I can warn you about drugs, but I can't prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can't achieve them for you.

I can teach you about kindness, but I can't force you to be gracious.

I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.

I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life.

~~ Author Unknown


MY MOTHERS GARDEN


My mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
she planted all the good things
that gave my life its start.


She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem . . .


And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough,
but not too much because she knew
I'd need to stand up strong and tough.


Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong--
markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.


I am my Mother's garden.
I am her legacy-
and I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me.


~~ Author Unknown ~~

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