Arlene is a dear friend of ours who is the author of a wonderful, heart wrenching book entitled “Broken Spokes.” Once you read this book, your life will be positively changed forever.
Here she is with her son, Tanner. He serves in the United States Army. Arlene is a fierce protector of animals, children, and friends. Really, anyone who is not able to speak for themselves, she is their voice. We just love this woman with the heart as big as Texas!!
When did I change and why? I went from Mommy to Mom, to Mother, to Mom again and now to Ma. As a child grows their perspective of Mom changes also. I was Mommy for so long – the one person my son loved more than anything in the world. I could help build a fort, change the oil in the car, snuggle and cuddle f…or hours, cook, clean, coach soccer, and still place an endless supply of Band-Aids on boo boos. I vaguely remember making the switch to Mom as my son got older. Mom still did all the things Mommy did, but the word Mom sounded so much more grown up, sounded all-knowing, all seeing. Mom was there to mend the first broken heart, to teach driving lessons, to confide in,and to borrow money from a seemingly bottomless purse.
Of course the teen years brought Mother…said with some sarcasm and yet so much love. It also described possession as in, “Hello my mother!” Mother is always there no matter what the situation. She can never go far. When the police are on site, it’s “I want to call my mother.” Displays ownership and respect. I am his Mother!
Once again the change to Mom. Moms can do anything! Where Mommies comfort and Mothers support and encourage, Moms can accomplish it all! Mom is an all-inclusive title. Not childish nor too formal, but very flexible.
Ma may sound Southern, but is used all over signifying affection and possibly just a time saver. A child in their late 20’s and early 30’s has so much going on in life to waste letters. “Hey Ma” says volumes!” It tells me of my son’s mood, energy level, happiness or disappointment. Paragraphs are spoken in two simple words.
Regardless of title, being a parent is an awesome job! No matter the current phrase or number of letters, the word itself means the world to me. There is nothing more I could ever become that will be more important than what I am now.
Mommy, Mom, Mother, Ma…different yet the same. They all mean one word. Love.
October 2, 2012
Blessings to all,
K.R. and T.L.