Mothers Are Forever

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

Swingin` from
A hick`ry bough
I felt so brave
I hollered…
But down I fell
Just like a bomb
And I heard my “wow”
Turn into…
~Shel Silverstein

“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.”
~V.E. Schwab

  • 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

“I love my daughter. She and I have shared the same body… But when she was born she sprang from me like a slippery fish, and has been swimming away ever since.” ~Amy Tan

Then one sunny day, they walk out in all innocence and they walk right into the grief that you’d give your life to spare them from.” ~Betty Smith

“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.” ~Barbara Kingsolver

“There’s nothing like losing a mother, you only get one.” ~Carlos Wallace

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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25 Responses to Mothers Are Forever

  1. I’d used the Mitch Albom quote this week in a meme, then learned that John Busbee, who wrote the foreword to my current book, had interviewed him twice. (Yes, he sent me links so I could hear them.)

    Alan Brown (of the blog “Fuel for the Race”) has a beautiful story about his 16-year-old mother on today’s Our American Stories.

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  2. Love Alone says:

    Reblogged this on Love and Love Alone.

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  3. Yernasia Quorelios says:


    ◇ – Diamond Hard – ◇

    ◇ Wot I Wrote; just ‘cos I MADE THIS!!!…

    “💜 An Experiment is Neither Successful Nor UnSuccessful EveryOne; an Experiment either Continues or DisContinues…for example Sexual and Romantic Experimentation results in Continued LifeLong Marriage or a Long BitterSweet Trail and Trial of Exes; what an Experiment Does is to Provide an Outcome from Experience and what We Do with that Experience is Entirely Up To OurSelves…there is an Accountability and Responsibility for ALL of Existences; so please Take Care of Others and, Most Importantly, please Take Care of YOURSELF!!! because it’s Necessary to Love YOURSELF!!! and NOT!!! at ALL Selfish…this is In Order To Be Nice to Others WhatEver The CIRCUMSTANCES!!! but Do Set Boundaries and Assert Them either Gently or Aggressively; in Other Words, it’s OK To Be Self-Ish and Self Protecting without Pre-Meditated (Punishing 🤔 ?) VIOLENT!!! Behaviour Be it Physical, Psychological and/or Soulful VIOLENT BEHAVIOUR!!!

    nisi mortuus nec neque nolite vicit 🤭🤫🤐


    ◇ – Diamond Hard – ◇



  4. AppophiaM says:

    Awww, these pictures are really lovely. The elephant baby and mama picture one is super adorable but they are all beautiful.

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  5. K.L. Hale says:

    What a beautiful tribute to Moms. The pictures and the quotes spoke a 1,000 words.

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  6. Kathleen Ellerman says:

    A touching tribute.❤

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  7. bwcarey says:

    in the new world, as of now, may we treasure mother hood without selling them out, amen

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  8. c.f. leach says:

    What beautiful pictures and an even more beautiful sentiment. If a picture is worth a thousand words…You’ve said so much more than that today. These pictures and words can truly attest to who mothers truly are. Blessings and Peace!

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  9. Ananda says:

    Glad to know i am not the only one. My kids also know who to go to for anything important

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  10. Beautiful post. But I’d say fathers deserve a tribute too, at least my husband who is my daughter’s best friend and partner in crime

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  11. KK says:

    Beautiful quotes and pics! Once a mother, always a mother. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  12. Wonderful post!!!

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  13. So blessed to be Mom, Grandma–and great to boot!

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  14. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Where DO you find such wonderful photos?! At first I thought the bear sprawled on his mother’s back would be my favorite, but then the baby rhino hooked over his mother’s face came into view. That favorite didn’t last long. Four rows down I fell in love with the polar bear clinging to his mother’s backside! There were more, but you get the idea. Too many cute and/or touching photos to pick a favorite. Thank you for the smiles, Mitch!

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  15. Beautiful pictures❤️

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  16. vbing7 says:

    Beautiful post!!!!!

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  17. Mothers are foreever indeed! Great selection of pictures. On the similar subject – I recently wrote an article titlled “A mother’s wish for her daughters” – feel free to check it out –

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  18. Harshi says:

    Nostalgia overload! This is so beautiful!

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