Mother all over the world is pronounced and spelled in many ways, but they all mean the same. There will be countless and various ways each and every one of us will celebrate Mother’s Day. Whether you will be together to honor your mother, or if you’re separated by miles, or remembering her in spirit, it will be your desire to make Mother’s Day special no matter what.
I’d like to take a moment to reflect on why my own Mother is so special to me. I am so fortunate to still have my Mother. She is a friend, confidant, sounding board – in her words, “not that I’d interfere”- and a strong role model for me. I must give her credit for suggesting to me to become a librarian. She instilled my love for reading at a very young age. I still remember her reading from many books, but especially when she would get out the Childcraft volume of poetry! I knew there were many poems she would be reading. My favorite was, Antonio, by Laura E. Fields. To this day I can recite it by heart. Thank you Mom for all you have done for me and how you prepared me for life’s bumps in the road. I admire you and reflecting back at my youth, I am in awe of what you accomplished. Thank you and I love you! The quote below brings you to mind!
“You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be –
I had a mother who read to me.” ~Strickland Gillilan (Thanks, Laurel)
There are many books for all ages which the central theme has to do with mothers. I posed the question, which mother came to mind in fiction and many said, Marmie, from Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. My husband said Mother Goose and her nursery rhymes is one in particular most children are first introduced to. The following books are ones that readily came to mind to me. I’ve mentioned titles for all ages. You might discover Young Adult books tend to view mothers who have problems and how the teen copes with their mother’s flaw. Many you have probably read but hopefully you’ll discover an incredible new read!
Are You My Mother by, P.D. Eastman
Brave Irene, by William Steig
Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch
Mars Needs Moms, by Berkeley Breathed
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, by Charlotte Zolotow
Betty Doll, by Patricia Polacco
Journey, by Patricia MacLachlan
Mother-Daughter Book Club, by Heather Vogel Frederick
Ramona and her Mother, by Beverly Cleary
So B. It, by Sarah Weeks
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
My Mother the Cheerleader, by Robert Sharenow
This Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen
Away, by Amy Bloom
Come Back: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and Back, by Claire Fontaine, Mia Fontaine
The Diary , by Eileen Goudge
Divine Secrets of the Ya -Ya sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
The Heretic’s Daughter, by Kathleen Kent
One True Thing, by Anna Quindlen
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, by Beth Hoffman
The Story Sisters, by Alice Hoffman
Those Who Save Us, by Jenna Blum
The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine
Happy Reading & Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!