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Monday, 25 August 2008

The Special Mother : by Erma Bombeck

Most women become mothers’ by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit. This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of special children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of special children are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He's use to profanity."

"Forrest, Marjorie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia."

"Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint, Matthew."

Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a special child."

The angel is curious. "Why this one God”? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a special child to a mother who
does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But has she patience?" asks the angel.

"I don't want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea
of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it."

"I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has her own world.

She has to make her live in her world and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles,
"No matter, I can fix that.This one is perfect - she has just enough selfishness."

The angel gasps - "selfishness? Is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a 'spoken word'".

She will never consider a ‘step’ ordinary.
When her child says 'Momma' for the first time,she will be present
at a miracle, and will know it!"

"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see... ignorance, cruelty, prejudice.... and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of
her life, because she is doing my work as surely as if she is here by my side".

"And what about her Patron saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised in mid-air.

God smiles,

"A mirror will suffice."


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. Though I have heard this script before it is so easy for me to forget. I need to remember where my son was and where he is now and what it has taken to reach the milestone we now stand at and to know that there is a future out there for him.
We all have our own paths in life to tread - and my belief is that my higher power will never give me anything I am not able to cope with even if that is a child who is challenged and I am grateful for that.
My son has taught me alot throughout my life with him and today for that I am truely thankful.

Pathfinder said...

Thank you for sharing part of your story with me... Your words are so true I had a very special relationship with a young man who taught me SO much about myself.

God Bless You with his Love.