Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day Mom

May 7, 2011

Happy Mother's Day, Mom

I am on a mission, like all moms, straightening, dusting, attacking those

mundane tasks of housekeeping. As I move into the kitchen,

I glance at the clock and the numbers blink:

often 1:11, sometimes 2:22, or 3:33, 4:44, and 5:55.

They occur twice a day, of course, and in one half, I’m usually asleep.

But even then, sometimes I wake, and there they are: 1:11, 2:22, etc.

I notice them often enough to make me superstitious.

My mother believed in numerology,

and that when one noticed the numbers repeating,

it was loved ones in heaven, looking down, making a connection,

and letting you know that they were watching over you.

Of course, in reality, this seems a bit silly, because

the important parts of my mother are in me, and need no care.

Just like poetry is in me, she wrote her beliefs into my being.

The beliefs sit with me sometimes, just as my mother did so often,

dialoging about a dilemma, a challenge, a victory.

Sometimes it seems to be the time when I look at the clock,

and 4:44 appears, making it easy to remember:

Be kind, make lemonade out of lemons, always try to do things better

than the last time, and always, always go the extra mile.

Still, in lieu of the real thing, I like the numbers, a little visit

from my mother.


  1. I love this - what a special reminder that makes you stop and think and smile just thinking that someone is thinking of you! In our family, it's all about dimes. If you find a dime, some one is looking down on you. Silly, but you'd be amazed at how many dimes we have found in the most peculiar places!!!

    Thank you for sharing. Happy Mother's Day to you!

  2. Mmmm. And mine is a seagull. Not just any. We have too many around here. One that sits outside a McDonald's window looking at you inside or swoops overhead so low you know it's on purpose, those are God's reminders to me that all is well in Heaven...Mom and Dad are doing fine up there and enjoying the view!
    Lovely post. Thanks for bringing up the thoughts of Moms we can't send cards to but are still with us.


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