Today is my mother’s birthday. And to help me honor her, I have asked my siblings to contribute to this blog by providing two words that describe my mother and and then explain why. Here are the results.
Let’s start with the oldest: my brother Doug. I guess I should have said two “different” words because he didn’t quite get the gist of what I meant, but I attribute that to the fact that one of his high school jobs was to shake almonds out of trees without wearing a hard hat.
He said Mom was of “noble character” and based it on Proverbs 31:10-31. This is a great place to start as Mom is definitely a godly woman, and I would agree with him that King Lemuel’s view of a “virtuous wife” does fit my mother. However, I would beg to differ with verse 24, as that says she “makes linen garments and sells them” for as one who had to wear what Mom made, I can attest she probably didn’t sell them.
My brother then came back a bit later with a second two-word description which was classic Doug: scallop potatoes. This is his favorite dish that he keeps insisting Mom needs to make for him when he visits. Fortunately, Mom is her own person and hasn’t succumbed to guilt.
I am next, and my too words are youthful and honest. To see my mom you would never guess she is the age she is. She is still full of energy and good health. Also, I am hoping she looks youthful because on this last trip many asked if we were sisters! So if she doesn’t look young, the only alternative is . . . Hmmm.
Also, Mom doesn’t hold back the truth. I remember once she was in a store where a group of teen boys were talking and using more than their fair share of colorful language. Mom went right up to them and asked them why they spoke like that. “You are good looking boys,” she told them, “and that language makes you look ugly.” (Or something like that. I was hiding behind a clothes rack.)
Jamie is next, but I did not let her say anything because she always shows the rest of us up, especially Pam who always has to follow her. So I have just used the this very recent photo of her and Mom.
I think she just showed us up anyway. (Though I did try to buffer this by including a very cute picture of Mom, Doug, and I below. . . taken a few years ago in case you couldn't guess.)
Finally, Pam. Her words were “altruistic” because Mom always puts others first, and “kindhearted” as she is so understanding and empathetic of others’ feelings and situations. Then in less than an hour she came up with nine more––organized, creative, beautiful, endearing, lovable, intelligent, godly, trusting, and happy. (I attribute this second windfall of words to her not having as many spankings as the rest of us. But as you can see, she also did not have as many pictures taken. Ah, the ups and downs of being the youngest.)
I know my siblings and I are not the only ones to have a wonderful mother, but we are very blessed to have the one we have. Happy Birthday, Mom.