I offer this post written in 2016 on this Mother’s Day 2022. Though the years have passed since my mom’s passing the words and sentiments within this post hold as firm today as then and always, for no greater aspect of and role in life is there than Motherhood. The firmness of the road ahead for any new life is determined by a stable family life best served by the commitment and love of both dad and mom. Of which mother assumes the heart of that family.
I had difficulty coming up with the words that would best do justice to this Mother’s Day post. I searched my mind but found none worthy. Yet the words not found in thought were found in the heart.
After a nine month stay at a convalescent hospital, recovering from paralysis due to Polio, my mom would sing me to sleep each night. The fears of a disabled five-year old then, and the challenges ahead not yet conceived, were tempered by the security and confidence instilled by Mom’s comforting protective loving voice. The trials of any day melted away with every lyric of the song which she chose as a lullaby that bound us to each other as she lie beside me until I gave way to peaceful sleep. I offer that song here in tribute to my mom’s memory.
“Goodnight Sweetheart – (performed by Rudy Vallee, 1941)
‘Til we meet tomorrow.
Sleep will banish sorrow.
Tears and parting
May make you forlorn.
But with the dawn
A new day is born.
So I’ll say goodnight sweetheart
Though I’m not beside you.
Still my love will guide you.
Dreams enfold you
In each one I’ll hold you.
To my mom I offer a “Goodnight Sweetheart.” Throughout my life I have found comfort, security, encouragement and love within her affectionate arms. I ask now that she has found perfect peace and joy, of which she is so worthy, in God’s loving eternal embrace.
How blessed is the person whose choice of a mother would be that of God’s too.