Sunday Snippet: Washington Irving

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

Happy Mother’s Day!

I took the day off last year, but I thought I’d go back to the usual routine for this year and share a thoughtful quote for you to ponder. This one comes from American author Washington Irving, who you might know best for penning The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Thankfully, the quote has nothing to do with a headless horseman or Ichabod Crane.

The bond between a mother and a child is a unique one. Yes, she might scold you. Yes, she might nag you. Yes, she might even make you feel down in the dumps, but she’s doing so out of love, first and foremost. Friends may come and go, but the relationship with your mom is forever. As my friend recently put it in a Facebook status update:

At 3 years ”Mommy I love you.” At 10 years ”Mom whatever.” At 16 years “My mom is so annoying.” At 18 years “I’m leaving this house.” At 25 years ”Mom, you were right”. At 30 years ”I want to go to Mom’s house.” At 50 years ”I don’t want to lose my mom.” At 70 years “I would give up everything to have my mom here with me.” You only have one mom.

She might not need flowers or a fancy Sunday brunch, but don’t forget to tell your mom that you love and appreciate her today (and everyday). Did you know that she can do donuts with the best of them?