Thursday, February 4, 2010

Mothers & Children

P. A. Renoir

Lately, more than usual it seems, there have been frightening  health concerns and sad losses affecting the lives of many whose blogs I read and here in 'real life' as well.  Among others, my prayers and my heart have gone out to the family of my daughter's young friend Kari, a mother of 3, who recently lost her long battle with cancer, also to the family of Kristyn's young friend Aimee, and to Mommycoddle regarding the health of her daughter Mary.   As I read about these sad events and difficult experiences, I feel such grief for the mothers who have lost a child, and I imagine the burden of worry carried by a mother who is struggling with the fear of a child's potentially serious illness, and I wonder. . . . is there any love stronger or more tightly wound around the human heart than the love of a mother for her child?  For me, the answer is, "No." There is nothing on this earth I care about more deeply or as deeply than the welfare of my children and grandchildren.  And, as shocking as it may sound, I'm reminded of a line delivered by Phyllida Law playing the part of Jane Austen's mother in "Miss Austen Regrets" (and I paraphrase), 'No matter how much you love your husband, you love your children more.' 
As I mentioned a while back, I teach homebound students who are too sick to go to school.  So, every week, I witness first hand the indescribably sad ordeals experienced by these seriously ill young people as well as the incredibly overwhelming struggles their mothers endure on a daily basis.  These mothers get up every day to, once again, devote themselves to the care of a child whose hold on life is so very fragile, and whose daily life is full of pain, misery, and the struggle stay alive.  I see one mother fight for her child with fierce determination and another with fatigued resignation, but they fight, unwilling and unable to do anything else.  Of course, that's not all they do -- there are other children, husbands, household chores, jobs out of the home and, well, all the unrecognized and usually unappreciated minutae of a family's daily life to manage.  But these mothers do it and don't complain because, I imagine, if asked what is most important in life, they would also answer, "My child."

Blessings,

G

7 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

Sending up a prayer for your daughter and your whole family.

Pom Pom said...

I'll say my prayers for your daughter right now.

dottycookie said...

Will be thinking of your daughter, and of you.

Gigi said...

Thank you so much! It's wonderful to know that there are so many good people out 'there'!
Hugs,
G

stitching under oaks said...

oh Gigi...I'll be praying for your daughter and peace for you as well...being a mother is a deed that requires such courage.

Paula said...

Thank God the testing showed nothing life threatening. I will pray for you and your daughter that those test results and the follow up appointments continue to go well.
My daughter Shilo is 20 and had a terrible scare in December when we very nearly lost her. She is healing so well from that, but just a few months before was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and arthiritis. Not life threatening, but chronic life-changing pain. We are trying to help her cope and learn to change her dreams. Not give up her dreams, just change them to accomadate her new life.
Prayers for you and all those families who are undergoing such heartaches.

Kristyn Knits said...

such difficult situations, yet we have the hope and comfort from above. thinking of you...

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