The question is one of roots and shoots; where we come from, what we’ve sprouted from that. What is the best nonmaterial gift you ever received from Mom? I wonder what T will answer as a grown man. There is no way he could ever be grateful enough for all I pour into him with my body, heart, and mind. Much of mothering will remain unsung. So goes our job description:
Hours – Overtime
Pay – The joy in the labor
Must be taken for granted
But what part of it will have impressed itself most deeply upon his consciousness when he is ready to build his own life?
At a restaurant one night with a friend way back, I realized in the talking and sharing just how much the affirmation from my parents – especially my mother – rooted me deeply and well in life. The extent to which her genuine verbal confidence in me has rippled throughout my life and relationships became startingly clear.