Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mamma's Boy

It's mother's day and I wanted to celebrate that dear Mom 'O' Mine before the day is over. Hi Mom! Where do I begin? Do I begin with the warmth of her smile, the light in her eyes or the sound of her laugh? Maybe I should mention that she is one of the best dancer's I know, full of vitality and spunkiness. Or maybe I should mention the depth of her generosity, her indiscriminating sociability with everyone around her. Or maybe her love for reading, her fascination with horror movies, or her acute terror of snakes! My mom is fun, funny, feisty, can't find her keys most of the time (just like my wife), drives my dad up the wall (and seems to enjoy that sometimes), treats my sister more like her own sister than a daughter, is intelligent without being overly intellectual, makes the best biscuits in the whole world and is an all around great gal. Also, from a Baha'i perspective her contribution to who I am today cannot be overestimated:

If the mother is educated then her children will be well taught. When the mother is wise, then will the children be led into the path of wisdom. If the mother be religious she will show her children how they should love God. If the mother is moral she guides her little ones into the ways of uprightness. It is clear therefore that the future generation depends on the mothers of today. Is not this a vital responsibility for the woman? Does she not require every possible advantage to equip her for such a task? (Abdu'l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 161) For mothers are the first educators, the first mentors; and truly it is the mothers who determine the happiness, the future greatness, the courteous ways and learning and judgement, the understanding and the faith of their little ones. (Abdu'l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 126)

In closing I simply say, Mom you go girl!

Your son