My adult daughters still sometimes seek my advice (or use me as an example of what not to do). But for comfort they always go to Mom—and always will. Still, as Robert A. Heinlein put it, “Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.” It’s not our daughter’s DNA that ties them to her. It’s her fierce, indestructible love.
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“There’s a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begin.” ~Mitch Albom
“What marvel-inspiring forces of nature mothers truly are; somehow everything always comes back to and down to them.” ~Jaiya John
“A mother’s body remembers her babies-the folds of soft flesh, the softly furred scalp against her nose. Each child has its own entreaties to body and soul.” ~Barbara Kingsolver
A hick`ry bough
I felt so brave
But down I fell
Just like a bomb
And I heard my “wow”
“The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.” ~Jodi Picoult
“A queen could leave her throne.
But a mother never leaves her son.”
- Ingrid: “He wants to move out! Did you know he’s started calling me S’mother? It’s short for ‘Smother-mother.’ I pried it out of him. I can hear you smiling, Peter.”
- Peter: “A smile doesn’t make a sound.”
- Ingrid: He just graduated. What’s the rush?”
- Peter: “Life. He’s eighteen, Ing. You moved out when you were eighteen.”
- Ingrid: “And look how I turned out.”
- Peter: “You turned out great, Smother-mother. And so has your son.”
- ~from the novel Healing River