Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day

Hello readers!  As I'm sure you know, Sunday is Mother's Day and since this is a mommy blog, I've been putting some pressure on myself to write some kind of witty and/or super insightful post about mothers.  Robin at Pink Dryer Lint wrote this list of gift suggestions for Mother's Day that made me laugh.  Then I read this post from "You Know It Happens At your House Too!"  and the comments that followed.  The post is about celebrating her daughter's 10th birthday and there was one line in a comment from Blissfully Discontented  that really touched me and has stuck with me.  She wrote, "Enjoy your Masterpiece today!"  The masterpiece she is speaking of is, of course, the birthday child.  What an analogy - our children are our masterpieces!  Well, that thought reminded me of the passage below.   I posted this story in January 2011 here, but I've gotten some new followers since then and I think it definitely warrants a re-posting - especially with Mother's Day right around the corner.

If you have read it before, read it again (at least the last paragraph) - we all need the reminder.  If you have never read it before, enjoy (and grab some tissues).  If it touches you, share it with another mother who is important in your life.  Above all, remember that, if you are a mom, you are NOT invisible.  You are creating your masterpieces and they are wonderful!  Happy Mother's Day!!!

The Passage is called "The Invisible Mother" by Mary Lynn Plaisance.

The Invisible Mother
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I'm on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I'm thinking, 'Can't you see I'm on the phone?'

Obviously not; no one can see if I'm on the phone, or cooking, or
sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner because no one can see me at all. I'm invisible. The invisible Mom. Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??

Some days I'm not a pair of hands; I'm not even a human being. I'm a clock to ask, 'What time is it?' I'm a satellite guide to answer, 'What number is the Disney Channel?' I'm a car to order, 'Right around 5:30 , please.'

Some days I'm a crystal ball: 'Where's my other sock? Where's my phone? What's for dinner?'

I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature--but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She's going, she's going, she's gone!

One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, 'I brought you this.' It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe. I wasn't exactly sure why she'd given it to me until I read her inscription: 'With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.'

In the days ahead I would read - no, devour - the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work: 1) No one can say who built the great cathedrals--we have no record of their names. 2) These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished. 3) They made great sacrifices and expected no credit. 4) The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, 'Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, No one will ever see it And the workman replied, 'Because God sees.'

I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was
almost as if I heard God whispering to me, "I see you. I see the
sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does."

No act of kindness you've done, no sequin you've sewn on, no cupcake you've baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can't see right now what it will become.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don't want my son to tell the friend
he's bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, "My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for three hours and presses all the linens for the table." That would mean I'd built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he'd say, "You're gonna love it there..."

As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we're doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.


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2 comments:

Kristine (the words i breathe) said...

Great little story! Thanks for sharing!! :) Happy Mother's day!

Briana@SweetCGrace said...

Oh, my goodness, Lisa! Thanks for making me cry! Love this so much!

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