Thursday, February 7, 2013

finding joy :: When God Created Mothers by Erma Bombeck

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Last year, I lost the joy.
I mean, I saw it around me and I tried to grasp onto it, but it just kept escaping.
Over and over. 

This year, I am making a conscious effort to hold onto it.
I am a joy seeker.

Tonight on facebook my friend Rock said he loved the sound of his mother laughing. 
That is a beautiful sound, isn't it?
It prompted me to find this little snippet from Erma Bombeck that I have always loved:


“When God Created Mothers"

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one." And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" 

She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands." 

The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way." It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have." That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded. One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word.

"God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow...." I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower." The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed. But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure." 

"Can it think?" "Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator. Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model.

"It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear." What's it for?" It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride." You are a genius, " said the angel. Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there.” 

 Erma Bombeck, When God Created Mothers


Go and hug your Mama today. If God has already taken her from Earth, find someone else that could use a hug. Spread love. Spread joy.



17 comments:

Skeller said...

Erma Bombeck. The world lost a beautiful voice of truth-softened-with-humor when she died. Thanks for sharing this story. And may you grasp JOY over and over again this year.

Tamar SB said...

What a way to wake up on Friday, my friend. Have a wonderful relaxing weekend!

Barb said...

Thank you for this. I've been leaking a bit myself lately. This post reminds me that I'm not broken ... I'm just a mother.

Caseybumpinalong said...

Aw, sweet.

I hope you are able to keep lots of joy in your everyday this year, because you certainly bring it to others.

Honest Abe said...

Erma Bombeck lived close to where we live and then she moved to Arizona, as I recall. She was in our newspapers for many years. We enjoyed her writing so much.

Rachel said...

You heart is just lovely! Thanks for sharing. Excited for you to hold on to joy this year. Some days are harder than others for all of us, but I'm cheering you on! :)

Gigi said...

I know what you mean about losing the joy. I'm bound and determined that this IS the year that I grab it and hold on tight with both hands. I wish the same for you.

I love Erma Bombeck. She was wonderful. Thank you for sharing that quote!

Wanda said...

Becky ~ You are that mother.

Love and Hugs

Nancy said...

Oh Becky! This felt like such a full circle day!! I stepped out of my laze of seeing something beautiful (your friend Julie's post) and not pausing to acknowledge or thank. In turn, Julie thanked me via email, which reminded me that people do care about kindness and thoughtfulness and that I need to spread it more -- speak when I see something good and let them know. THEN, in turn, I got such a kind and sweet comment from you! It just made it feel like giving goodness out and having it come right back at me -- which I'm sure happens in the world, but not usually so visibly and quickly! It made my night. Thank you for that!

And my goodness if you don't have a beautiful way with words yourself!!

And it is no wonder you adore that child of yours! Rather spectacularly gorgeous!!

photowannabe said...

This post felt like a hug for me today.
Thanks Becky.
I'm glad you are holding on to joy this year.
It's like the glue that holds us together when things get rough.
Thanks for your prayers for my family and me. Nothing has changed particularly but we are hanging in there.
Love having such wonderful support.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Erma was a rock star in my book. So's my mom.
Thanks for the reminder.
xo jj

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

This made me smile! Thank you! I hadn't read this, but it is so true! I hope you realize that joy is beside you each and every day! Just look at your son! He is joy! He is a miracle and a miracle because h has such a good mother.

Patrice said...

Love Erma Bombeck - I'm lucky enough to still have my 80-year-old Mom around!

tinajo said...

Beautiful post!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love this...wish I could hug my mom but she lives to far away so I called her instead. Happy weekend...!

jlo said...

I try and be conscious instead of hurried and absent. Not sure I succeed every day!

Dee Wilcox said...

I love this. :)