Dr. Val Farmer
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I Am A Mother

May 7, 2001

I am a mother.

I know my children better than anyone.

I have carried them in my arms,

and in my heart.

I am the woman who bore them,

loves them, teaches them, inspires them,

and sometimes disciplines them.

I rock the baby.

I read the stories.

I hear the prayers.

I set the standards.

I teach of God, scriptures, prophets,

and commandments.

I am a mother.

I am the best friend

God has given children.

I forgive, I trust, I encourage.

I am the woman who dries the tears,

bakes the cakes,

plays the games,

and sings the songs.

My smile lights the way.

I am a refuge

when there is no other refuge.

I am a giver of gifts.

I give affection

and sometimes reproach.

My food nurtures the body

and the soul.

I make memories out of holidays,

birthdays and vacations.

I am a mother.

I am wisdom, common sense and patience.

I am tenderness, loveliness, and kindness,

a source of safety, hope, and comfort.

My smile lights the way.

I am a healer, a nurse, and doctor.

I am a cook, a chauffeur, and a counselor.

I am love, duty, and devotion

I am faith, perseverance, and courage.

I am a mother

I fashion genius and awaken intellect.

My heart is my children’s schoolroom.

I am the loom upon which

character is woven.

I teach of lessons past

and beckon toward new horizons.

Because I dream, they dream.

I delight in their triumphs

and in their goodness.

I am a mother.

I am no stranger to pain

In giving birth, I visit

the valley of the shadow of death.

In giving love, my heart is

subject to hurt and loss.

I am no stranger to grief.

My children are not perfect.

No one knows it better than I.

Their errors give me a double blow.

One to themselves

and one to me.

I am a mother.

For my teen-agers, my lamp is

always lit.

My love keeps them from temptation.

I listen, empathize

and sometimes scold.

I make burden light and when necessary

I make them heavy.

I share victories and soften losses.

I am there when I am needed. Always.

I bear, nurse, protect, love, teach,

and then I let them go.

My love is that strong.

I am a mother.

I am not rich,

But I have great wealth.

My children are my jewels.

I am a partner with my husband

and with God.

I am a civilizer, a builder of homes, a keeper of communities,

and a shaper of nations.

My calling is divine,

my work is of eternity.

In life, my work is essential.

In death, my memory is sacred.

In my soul, these words are indelibly inscribed,

I am a mother.