May 12, 2013 View for the Rectory Window

Mothers Day On this Mother’s Day weekend, I offer you a
Mother’s Dictionary of Meanings that I discovered:

Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.

Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn’t appreciate the strained carrots.

Full Name: What you call your child when you’re mad at him.

Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they’re sure you’re not raising them right.

Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

Independent: How we want our children to be for as long as they do everything we say.

Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.

Show Off: A child who is more talented than yours.

Sterilize: What you do to your first baby’s pacifier by boiling it, and to your last baby’s pacifier by blowing on it and wiping it with saliva.

Top Bunk: Where you should never put a child wearing Superman jammies.

Two-Minute Warning: When the baby’ s face turns red and she begins to make those familiar-grunting noises.

Whodunit: None of the kids that live in your house.

I would believe that the above ‘definitions’ call to mind stories and examples of our own mother’s wisdom. They also leave us with the challenge of how do we say thank you for all that our mothers have taught and shared with us? Well, for many, Mother’s Day is a day for cards, flowers, chocolates, gift certificates and breakfasts-in-bed . . . While these are good places to start, I offer that another lasting way to honor “Mom” is to pass her love and life lessons on to those around us.

“I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Happy Mother’s Day,
Monsignor Peter M Joyce