Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Mother's Smile









A mother’s smile, I’ve come to realize
Is much more than that carefree grin of youth
Before the bearing of love’s tempered truth
Learned in life’s constant hellos and good-byes

A mother’s smile is like her moment-prayer
Of gratefulness to God that he saw fit
To bless her arms with babies for a bit
And touch the home with innocence so fair

A mother’s smile is a fine mingling heart-strife
Of faith and fear, of both sorrow and joy
For none are quite as dear as girl or boy
To which she gives the best years of her life

A mother’s smile is more than lips and face
This beacon of encouragement and cheer
Stills fearful hearts and fills her tender tear
With brave surrender and love’s humble grace

© Janet Martin

In Canada it is a morning of heart-tugs as mothers everywhere put on their bravest smiles…and another school-year begins.

3 comments:

  1. Love the "brave surrender." This is an especially tough year for you, with your firstborn getting married, the new school year probably has even deeper significance..and you can see a young beautiful woman in your youngest, too, it really does happen so fast.

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  2. It does happen so fast! Across the road I see a mother waiting with her younger two kids and then I remembered her oldest daughter starts high-school today and is on a different bus! She(mom) is entering a new phase of heart-tugs.

    Sasha, thank-you for your words of understanding and compassion.I'm in the kitchen alone so I can sniffle all I like this morning. It's a beautiful blur, this motherhood thing and it reminds me that I need to go and visit my own mother more often!

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  3. p.s. Yes, Victoria has grown up so much this summer! She stunned me when she tried on her junior-bridesmaid dress last week! This is 'my baby';)all grown up!

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