Thekla and Adam had a wonderful surprise in store for their mothers in Betty’s Bay. First, a long lay-in with coffee in bed. Then a super breakfast accompanied with a reading of a text they both had composed for the occasion and after breakfast a foot and hand massage!
Here is the text wich they read sentence for sentence alternately, moistening our eyes.
Today is the day we set aside to honour our mothers
We give thanks for the humble virtues of their kind ways
Their tenderness and support is the rock on which we find our strength
Through labour pains, nappies, vomit and snot they remain true
Shaping our minds and guiding our souls to some greater purpose
They love and care for us even as we lose our innocence
They call and visit us even when we are vile and dismissive
Only later do we understand the anguish and self control this takes
Only in finding ourselves later in life do we come to see
The wisdom of compassion our mothers so intuitively embody
As it dwarfs the self centred expectations of lovers and friends
One of the great joys we experience in adulthood
is the finding of friendship in our mothers
once we can appreciate that mothers are not super human
Through the culinary, visual and mystical arts they have bestowed
An appreciation of both the aesthetic and the divine
Bringing joy in the simplicity and complexity of life
My dearest mommy, I love you so much and feel so blessed that God chose YOU to be my mommy!
Mother dear with all your care and wisdom I give thanks for your unique presence in moulding my life!
Thank you mom!
With love from
Colleen & Walter
Betty’s Bay, 8 May 2011