Friday, May 8, 2009

To Mommy-dearests All Over the World

This was an email I got (you know the kind--if you got this send it to five . . .) Well, this time it said to send it to all the awesome moms you know. All of you mothers that read this---and I know who you are--are VERY AMAZING! Sooooo, this is a tribute to you. . . but especially my mummy-dearest.

Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,

I had never been puked on.
Chewed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts.
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.

I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,

I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby..
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom .

Gratefully one of commentors, my dear friend, Martha, looked it up and found out that it is by Beverly Mahone. Here is the link:


cherry said...

This is beautiful Melanie! can i also copy it so i can send it to my mom??

How are you anyway? i hope to talk to you on sunday?

GR82BAMOM said...

Beautiful! My sentiments exactly! Thanks for finding this and posting it. I think you, too, are an amazing mother, one whom I really admire. Thank you for your example. By the way, I looked it up on the internet and I found it everywhere with slight variations and additions, but only listed as "author unknown". I looked a little further and found it was written back in 2007 by Beverly Mahone. Here is the link:

vdg family said...

Thanks for the link Martha--copy it from that link Cherry. :) Thanks! I'll add that to the bottom.

Lindsay said...

Thanks for sharing this, Melanie.

Also, I love that you put my little conversation with S from a few Sundays ago on your sidebar. I'd just about forgotten how funny that was. S is a darling -- she never fails to make me smile

doug & mary said...

Such a beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing this! Happy Mother's Day!

Orton Family said...

That is sweet Melanie. We are so lucky to be mothers. I hope you had a great mothers day! Love you!

Kristin Van De Graaff said...

Melanie, that was beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a lovely poem. I'll have to send it to my mom too. You're such an awesome mom and a wonderful example. Thanks for being you!