When this photo was taken in June, 1979, I remember how I felt. I was on top of the world because I had graduated high school (which was an answer to prayer – trust me). I was working my first job on campus at WSU and had so many big dreams. Now, looking back at this photo, I don’t feel the same way. The things that seemed so very important to me in 1979 no longer mean much.
Today I’m thankful for these memories. I’m so thankful to have this photo and that the Kansas wind wasn’t making a mess of my hair. LOL! How precious little things become when we can no longer make new memories. This picture reminds me of where I came from and what really matters in life. This was a Sunday mornin’ in June… and where were we headin’??? Surprise surprise… we were headin’ for church.
I was raised a hard-nosed Southern Baptist – if the church doors were unlocked, we were there. We had Sunday School, Church, dinner on the grounds, choir practice and Training Union. My mama was in WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) and my daddy did a lot of carpentry around the church. One time he made a whole set of little people furniture for the Primary classroom. He didn’t talk much, but actions speak louder than words.
What do mothers do for us? Well, when we’re very small – they do everything for us. I was thankful for a few things my mom taught me – there were many things, of course, but some just come to mind quicker than others.
I am ever so grateful to my mother for showing me which utensil to use at a formal dinner – and the whole napkin in the lap thing. Why? As it happens, I was invited to a very fancy formal dinner given by the President of WSU. There were courses… so many courses. I felt as though we were being timed as we ate – because guess what? If we were not quite finished… our plates were taken from us! The purpose of a dinner like that is not to eat but to socialize.
When we’re learning things from mom, it’s a natural reaction to roll eyes or wonder why we will ever need to know certain rules of society. I’ll tell you a secret… moms know why they are showing you this stuff. I wish now I had not rolled my eyes so much or had teenage attitude with my mom.
My mother was a beacon – a light. She gave me everything I needed to do what I had to do in life. God of course guided her to teach me, and she was obedient and was the mom she needed to be. I’m so thankful.
I want to share a Scripture with you that means so much to me.
Mothers are teachers and examples for their children. This Scripture reminds us that we are all to be a light. Whether we are parents or brothers or sisters – or just friends… we have influence on others wherever we go.
Let God’s light shine through you today. Happy Mother’s Day – to mothers everywhere. 🙂