Everyone has a story and everyone has a mother; that includes the homeless, orphaned, and abused.
In truth no young woman enters the role of motherhood feeling fully prepared for every situation of which they will be confronted. Some mothers aren’t as up to the task as others. That’s life, it might thwart their children for a while, but not forever. Eventually everyone has to make a conscience choice to embrace the good memories and let go of any shortcomings or traumas of their childhood.
There is no single standard of behavior for mothers, just as there is no single personality for all children. It’s human nature to play the blame game, blaming others for their failures or disappointments. Although it took a few generations to get here parents are now at the top of that list.
Each generation gets a little more liberal than the previous; pushing, blurring or crossing the lines of legality, conduct and morality. Which is the best reason for grandparent’s to remain active in the lives of their grandchildren. Grandparents have opportunity to retard the gradual deterioration of human society. So do teachers, police officers, business professionals and virtually every adult. An adult can nurture what a child feels is missing within their lives.
The bottom line is no one had or has the perfect childhood. Everyone has baggage and each of us has the choice of looking for the silver lining or in wallowing in the past. No matter what our age it’s time to forgive and forget memories that bind us and replace them with happy ones that propel us forward toward the life we had envisioned.
Take the time to remember your mother with love and reverence. She loves you more than she can ever show or say. And for those of us who think babies should come with an instruction manual, there is truly good news. There is a really great manual, an age old compilation of wisdom, continually on the best seller list and known as the bible. It’s a great resource for all of us, with or without children.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our beautiful mothers! Here’s a poem for them:
Dear Father who art in Heaven.
Let me have patience when tiny hands
Tug at me with their small demands.
Let me be gentle and wise.
Keep my lips from hasty replies.
Please don’t let sleepless nights or noise
Hinder my mind and sight of life’s fleeting joys.
Dear Lord, in years to come my house is still
Only sweet memories its room may fill.
Sunday, May 14 there is a Pork Loin Dinner from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Versailles K of C Hall. For advance tickets contact Roger Schlater at 526-9767. Also Sunday the Versailles Museum will be open from 1 – 4 p.m.
Monday, May 15 is the Versailles K of C Blood Drive from 12:30 – 7 p.m. at the hall on State Route 47.
Birthday wishes to newborn Korra Elizabeth Schwieterman (daughter for Kristi and Brian), Roberta Archey, Erick Grow, Kayle Griffin, Lexi Timmerman, Mike Lawrence, Julie Stover, Emma Peters, Lydia Bruns, Jon Agne, Rev. Bob Akins, Brynna Blakeley, Scott Ward, Janet Headley, Stephanie Fullenkamp, Grant Jones, Karen Lawrence, Janet Monnin, Alan Henry, Stewart Baker, Tammy Collins, Ralph Gigandet, Karen Doseck, Julie Heuing, Ed Petty, Angie Lachat, Carolyn Waymire, Tina Cordonnier, Kevin Subler, and Nate Cordonnier as their birthdays approach, as well as, anniversary wishes to Emily and Ben Goubeaux (3), Amy and Rob Carman (21), Sandy and Shawn Peters (26), Joan and Greg Richters (30), Cindy and Conrad Hoelscher, Jenni and Bob Paulus (32), Janet and Larry Monnin (55), Lurene and Jerry Monnin (63), Our Lady of Fatima (100).
Congratulations to Dr. Zach Brown, wife Kailey and staff of Brown Chiropractic, (fka Cain Chiropractic) for their grand ribbon cutting. Also congratulations to Doug and Lori Davidson and staff for their groundbreaking of their new facility, “Bowlerstore.com” on Kley Road.
Please give your supportive and healing prayers for the many who are dealing with any of life’s countless challenges, and especially for Anne Schmitz, Kyndal Wynk, Roger Bey, Chris Fullenkamp, Alma May, Floren Christman, Cy Gehret, Rhonda Poling, Donna and Terry Black, Ron Bruner, Connie Ecabert, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Wilma Didier, Dave Buxton, Conrad Phlipot, Betty Kremer, Vickie Cottrell, Dan Roseberry, Denny Grilliot, Sheila Spahr, Beverly Brown, Linda Kendinger, Steve Youngker, Harold Langston, Sr., Julie Keihl, Joan Magoto, Jeanne Brandon, Ruth Haft, Rosie Pearson, Virginia Smith, John Subler, Sondra Spangler, Mary Barga, Anabelle Subler, Julia Billenstein, Merilyn Borchers, Connie (Baltes) Lechleiter, Levadia Barga, Jack Borgerding, Dan Monnin, Lois Youngker, Barb Goubeaux, Cyril Frantz (hospital), Michelle Ullom, Eileen Rahm, Cyril Voisard, Samantha Smith, Brian Voisard, and all those not mentioned by name who are ill, suffering, hospitalized, homebound and/or in need of our prayers and their caregivers.
Heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Mark Niekamp (48), Timothy Byers, Sr. (64), Ervin Baker (90), also remembering the lives of infant Rory Latimer, Deanna Jones, Carol Pipenger, Kenneth Clune, Carl Neargarder, Mary Louise Holzapfel, Virginia Pitsenbarger Agne, Evelyn Bernholt, Curtis Varner, Norma Jean Poeppelman, Virginia Rindler, Stanley Wuebker, Bob Bigham, Harold Stuck, Dottie Monnier, Cecilia Barhorst, Lou Heffner, Hilda Larger, Helen Goodall, Dwight Puthoff, Katherine McClurg, Kyle Magoto, Nathan Saintignon, Cory Turner, Luther Wooten, Margaret Gephrey, Freda Cordonnier, Eileen Batty, Margaret Paulus, Bertha Beyke, Doug Condon, Donald Liest, Karen Gehret, Bruce Bensman, Ralph Mumaw, Mildred Selander and all those not mentioned by name as the anniversary of their passing nears.
“There is no way to be a perfect Mother and a million ways to be a good one.” ~Unknown
“I believe in love at first sight, because I’ve been loving my Mom since I opened my eyes.” ~Unknown
“Motherhood has the greatest potential influence in human life.” ~Unknown
Kathy Magoto is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her weekly Versailles community column. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 526-3798. Feel free to contact her with Versailles news and tidbits. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.