Mom and Me
So, 57 years ago, the beautiful woman pictured above gave birth to a preemie. He was born about a month early, and had to be kept in an incubator in a NICU-type unit (don’t know what they were called way back then). In fact, the tiny child had to stay there for a month after she was released from the hospital. Being a military wife without a car, she walked to the hospital every day to see her baby boy, and cried all the way back home again. Every day.
The depth of love and devotion this new Mom had for her baby boy was not limited to that one month time period at the beginning of his life, but was evident throughout his formative years. In fact, this Mom was her baby boy’s best friend forever. Or at least until that one girl came along. Then, Mom had to try to take the #2 girl in her baby boy’s life position. Not an easy transition, but one that was indeed accomplished. Baby boy was blessed beyond measure to have two women who loved him unconditionally.
Yes, I am talking about my Mom and my Bride. Mom passed away nearly 22 years ago now, and I miss her dearly every day of my life. But Mom taught me what love and devotion look like. Among the innumerable life lessons Mom taught me are:
*Love means you will sacrifice for the sake of the one you love.
*Love means you will encourage always.
*Love means you will admonish when necessary.
*Love means you will discipline always.
*Love means you will allow the one you love to grow and learn, and make mistakes.
*Love means you will allow the one you love to suffer the consequences of their mistakes.
*Love means you will be there through thick and thin.
*Love means you will release the one you love, so they can stretch their wings.
*Love means you will rejoice if/when the one you love finds that “special someone.”
But most of all…
*Love means you will model Christ so that the one you love will grow to love Jesus.
Thanks, Mom. I have always known that I am loved.