Happy Mother's Day - by Request!
From: Kids-Right (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Here is a message we got from one of the people in the
Thank you so much for the touching story. Those of us who are single moms
I found a lot of comfort, humor and shared pain in the following piece. You
Thank you for all you do for families,
Lois Nightingale, Ph.D.
Didn't Win Mother of the Year? - Me Neither
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake
When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I
When you thought I wasn't looking, I felt you kiss me good night, and I
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes, and
When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to
When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked ... and wanted to say
This is for all the mothers who DIDN'T win Mother of the Year in 1999.
All the runners-up and all the wannabes. The mothers too tired to
This is for all the mothers who froze their buns off on metal bleachers
This is for all the mothers who have sat up all night with sick
This is for all the mothers of Kosovo who fled in the night and can't
This is for the mothers who gave birth to babies they'll never see.
For all the mothers who run carpools and make cookies and sew
What makes a good mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad
Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son disappear down the
The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 a.m.
The need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear
So this is for all the mothers who sat down with their children and
This is for reading "Goodnight, Moon" twice a night for a year. And
This is for all the mothers who mess up. Who yell at their kids in the
This is for all the mothers who taught their daughters to tie their
And for all the mothers who opted for Velcro instead.
For all the mothers who bite their lips -- sometimes until they
Who lock themselves in the bathroom when babies keep crying and won't
This is for the mothers who show up at work with spit-up in their hair
This is for all the mothers who teach their sons to cook and their
This is for all the mothers whose heads turn automatically when a
This is for mothers who put pinwheels and teddy bears on their
This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can't find
This is for all the mothers who sent their sons to school with
This is for young mothers stumbling through diaper changes and
Mothers with money, mothers without.
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