On this, International Women’s Day, I thought it appropriate to post a tribute to one of the women I admire most – my mom.
On March 27, 1925, a very dear lady was born.
In this, her birth month, I remember her.
I want to thank God for the mother she was, for the gifts she gave . . .
Not material gifts (though those were many).
I thank her for the legacy she left behind.
See those three “kids”?
Well, they’re mine.
My mom loved our family far more than she loved herself.
Do I always succeed at doing the same?
I would say rarely – though I do love them to pieces.
Mom was an amazing example of true selflessness.
She would often go to the store and come home laden down.
Even when shopping for herself, she’d buy things she knew others would like.
And the things she bought for herself . . .
They’d often end up back at the store.
Back in the day, family gatherings were considered major events.
I can only begin to imagine the hours and hours Mom spent . . .
Prepping the menu, shopping, and making everyone’s favourites.
In this day and age
Busyness has overshadowed such frequent gatherings.
I don’t want to leave my children with the legacy of running
Here, there, and everywhere.
Mom was a people person.
Whether providing daycare or working in retail
She genuinely cared about those she encountered.
And when is simplicity a good thing?
When one has a simple faith.
Mom took God at His Word.
She believed if there was a problem
It was from our end . . . not His.
This is, by far, the most important element of her legacy.
Was my mom a woman without faults or flaws?
Of course not.
But, in many ways, she set an example worth following.
I can only hope others remember me as they remember her . . .
A loving, kind, and caring individual.
But most of all
I hope they remember me as a woman of faith.
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5 NIV).