Today I went to the K-4 spring musical at First Presbyterian Preschool. There were appr.70 children maybe, on stage. There were short ones and tall ones and chubby ones and skinny ones. There were little girls with bows as big as can be and little boys with hair slicked back to hold down the cowlicks! Some wore glasses. Some had given themselves their own haircuts. There was brown hair and black hair, and blond hair and redheads. Some of the children were still and quiet and hardly sang, others were so full of the music it bubbled out all over them. They had blue or green shirts to wear. And, about 70 different variations of khaki shorts or skirts. And each and every one of them had a Mama sitting in the audience proud as can be.
Motherhood. Each child is represented by a mother. A mother who labored to get her child into the world or perhaps labored to get them into their world. Mothers see and know what others do not. Because God gave us those hearts that pick up on things so easily. They know when their little one is embarrassed or shy. They know when the world is just too big to adjust to at the moment. And, so a few more hugs and sweet words are necessary. They know when their child is proud and pleased with himself. Perhaps he has done something extraordinary. Or perhaps he has just remembered to brush his teeth before bed. But, Mamas know that it matters that the task is acknowledged. Mamas know when a child is troubled. When someone did not offer to play together on the playground or didn’t make a space in the reading circle. Mama knows she needs to soothe that little bruise and put it in its proper perspective. There’s so many things that Mamas know. They understand a new pair of shoes makes a kid feel able to conquer the world! They understand that home baked cookies just happen to have a little more love mixed into them. They understand that if the hair bow is lopsided, then the whole day is ruined. Mammas just know. They know that at time, words of correction are a must. The little ones living in our world see hundreds of new things everyday….and have new experiences…and meet new people. That’s a lot to deal with. Cause it has to be thought about, discussed, and then placed among all the new things already learned and still leave space for what will come tomorrow. Why! It’s overwhelming at times! But, Mamas remember how it felt to them and so they explain, and correct, and admonish if need be. Then they finish it all off with a hug and a kiss. And, all’s right with the world!
Oh! there were such lovely grandmothers there, too. I think they looked a little more relaxed than the Mamas. Perhaps because Grandmothers, and Mimis, and Nanas, and Memaws, and Dedes and Gigis, and Grannys, and Mias, and Lulus have seen just a little more of this old world. And, they know what things should be cherished the most. They know that watching their grandchild today is a blessing from God! They know that forgetting a few words is no big thing. And, they know forgetting a whole song isn’t either! They know that a little boy who can’t be still can run like a cat and build the best roads you’ve ever seen. They know that sweet little girl with the pigtails who seemed so shy, can talk and sing and care for her baby doll for all the world just like her mother. They know the little one that gave two big jumps at the end of his part is so filled up with love for everyone, he just can’t help himself! And, they know that dear one who seemed sorta bored with it all, can lose himself in a good book and it’s there he finds adventure. Grandmothers know. Grandmothers know these little souls will be fine and grow into people who will love and help others. They know they are in good hands. After all, it’s they who raised their mommies and daddies.
Happy Mother’s Day from this one who cherishes my roles as Mama and Lulu.