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MODERATOR Posted - 06 July 2000 2:08
Our Moms

When you were 1 year old, she fed you and bathed you.

You thanked her by crying all night long.

When you were 2 years old, she taught you to walk.

You thanked her by running away when she called.

When you were 3 years old, she made all your meals with love.

You thanked her by tossing your plate on the floor.

When you were 4 years old, she gave you some crayons

You thanked her by coloring the dining room table.

When you were 5 years old, she dressed you for the holidays.

You thanked her by plopping into the nearest pile of mud

When you were 6 years old, she walked you to school.

You thanked her by screaming, "I'M NOT GOING!"

When you were 7 years old, she bought you a baseball.

You thanked her by throwing it through the next-door-neighbor's window.

When you were 8 years old, she handed you an ice cream.

You thanked her by dripping it all over your lap.

When you were 9 years old, she paid for piano lessons.

You thanked her by never even bothering to practice.

When you were 10 years old she drove you all day, from friends' homes to gymnastics, to one birthday party after another.

You thanked her by jumping out of the car and never looking back.

When you were 11 years old, she took you and your friends to the concert.

You thanked her by asking to sit in a different row.

When you were 12 years old, she warned you not to read certain books.

You thanked her by waiting until she left the house.

When you were 13, she suggested a haircut that was "menchlach".

You thanked her by telling her she had no taste.

When you were 14, she paid for two months away at summer camp.

You thanked her by forgetting to write a single letter.

When you were 15, she came home from work, looking for a hug.

You thanked her by having your bedroom door locked.

When you were 16, she taught you how to drive her car.

You thanked her by taking it every chance you could.

When you were 17, she was expecting an important call.

You thanked her by being on the phone all night.

When you were 18, she cried at your high school graduation.

You thanked her by staying out partying all night.

When you were 19, she paid for your college tuition, your seminary, traveled all the way to visit you.

You thanked her by saying good-bye outside the dorm so you wouldn't be embarrassed in front of your friends.

When you were 20, she asked whether you were seeing anyone.

You thanked her by saying, "It's none of your business."

When you were 21, she suggested certain careers for your future.

You thanked her by saying, "I don't want to be like you."

When you were 22, she hugged you at your college graduation.

You thanked her by asking whether she could pay for a trip to Europe.

When you were 23, she gave you furniture for your first apartment.

You thanked her by telling your friends it was ugly.

When you were 24, she met your fiance and asked about your plans for the future.

You thanked her by glaring and growling, "Muuhh-there, please!"

When you were 25, she helped to pay for your wedding, and she cried and told you how deeply she loved you.

You thanked her by moving halfway across the country.

When you were 30, she called with some advice on the children.

You thanked her by telling her, "Things are different now."

When you were 40, she called to remind you of a relative's birthday.

You thanked her by saying you were "really busy right now."

When you were 50, she fell ill and needed you to take care of her.

You thanked her by reading some book about the burden parents become to their children.

And then, one day, she quietly died. And everything you never did came crashing down like thunder.

IF SHE'S STILL AROUND, NEVER FORGET TO LOVE HER MORE THAN EVER.. AND

IF SHE'S NOT,

REMEMBER HER UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND PASS THIS LETTER
ON . . .

Edited by - admindealing on 7/5/2000 10:09:26 PM

Cat Posted - 11 July 2000 18:35
A mother is someone more important than any of us can imagine. My mother died 8 months ago, 2 months before I turned 16. I did my best to take care of her until the end, but still feel like I could have done more.

For anyone who reads this, please treasure the time you have with your mom. I fought a lot with my mom and finally made peace with her, but it was too late to get to spend time with her. She and I were extremely close, even though we fought, and it feels as though there is a huge hole inside of you that you can never fill. I could always talk to her and now there are things I have no one to talk to about now.

Treasure your mother, you don't know how long you're going to have with her. She's often one of the greatest treasures Hashem gives a child.


artzanu Posted - 25 July 2000 3:19
I would like to point out that for many of the people here the mom may not be such a good mom. but in most cases i hope she is in her own way. Isnt it sad that (those of us who do have) we dont appreciate till it is gone. This is true with parents, but also all different things.
raych7734 Posted - 31 July 2000 20:12
Hey Cat, i kno im a little late for this, but im sorry about ur mom.

anyway, me and my parents dont get along. when i was 15/16 mom started to figure out that i talked to guys. not im 18. ill be 19 in november, she doesnt let me talk to guys or anything, and i do, i get grounded! i told her to just keep out, in a polite way, of course! but everytime im on the fone, its "who r u talking to?" ill say who it is, and then shed pik up another extension of the line to make sure! let me quote Will Smith, whe he was known as The Prince..."parents, just dont understand"

GOLDIE Posted - 31 July 2000 20:13
dear artzanu,

most of the kids here do have great mothers! they are not always successful but they do care and love their children.

Punims Posted - 01 August 2000 19:12
hey raych, why do you think your mom bothers you all the time? its all for love. she loves you and doesnt want anything to happen to her daughter. the problem is, when my mom doesnt let me do things she'll say "its only bec i love you" my answer usually is: "so stop loving me" when parents give you that answer about loving you, it doesnt exactly make you feel loved. it makes you think love is a bad thing. bec of love i can hardly do anything that i want to do, bec of love life is complicated.
artzanu Posted - 01 August 2000 19:12
Ya Raych some parents just dont understand, and your olmost 19 I think you should have some more freedom, not someone always on ur back. and Goldie I hope most mothers of kids here are good but im not so sure. but in the world i do hope and belive that most mothers are good and mean well. Im sure you are too (if u r a mom) or u wil be one day.
raych7734 Posted - 01 August 2000 22:19
punims, love ****!
artzanu, i kno i should have a little more freedom, but i dont! u try having my parents for a week! ud go nuts to! i dont have it that bad tho, im home alone all day dont pay rent, but i want a job, but mom wont let me get a job unless its for at least $7 and hour, ok, thats fine, but when they dont pay $7, why do i get grounded for not having a job yet??

rebel Posted - 16 January 2001 23:55
WOW that reeeeeeeeally affected me.im sure gonna act differnet now towards my mom. thanx
pritz Posted - 30 January 2001 21:32
that waz amazing! i sent it 2 like a million ppl.!i really really loved it! thanx 4 posting it!
yg Posted - 13 February 2001 21:25
Moderator- i just found this- i see that you wrote it awhile ago. i was actually crying when i read it. as you know, i was a good kid but had one or two difference in opinions with my parents... now that i am in the position where i will soon be the parent (!) i appreciate this article more than ever. normally i wouldnt cry about this- i have gotten a bit sappy in the past few months... but in any case- this is so true. its incredible what living away from your parents can do to your perspective on life...
MODERATOR Posted - 14 February 2001 1:51
Yeah, it is great, but don't give me the credit. I found it, I didn't make it.
Star Posted - 14 February 2001 10:32
Yeah, it's such an amazing poem, to whoever made it up. Thanx Mod. for posting it. I e-mailed it to some people and I got such positive responses. It really made me think about what my mother is to me, how much I don't appreciate what she does for me and how much I should be thankful for.
MODERATOR Posted - 14 February 2001 21:09
yg -

Sorry, I didn't realize who you were. Sappy? You?? Hard to believe. (But as long as you're in that mood, perhaps you wanna give Libby a call?)

whatever... Posted - 15 February 2001 0:35
yeah, it really is amazing. thanks moderator

?girl Posted - 09 January 2002 0:59
Goldie-if everyone's mothers here were so wonderful there wouldn't be so many stuffed up ppl here.
When i was 16 my mother messed me up.
I thanked her by doing stuff she does not like.
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