This morning, as the sun shone in through the windows, I snuggled in a warm blanket on the couch with my little 3-year-old. We were the only two up, and the house was quiet. We talked, read books, and giggled.

At one point, as I was reading, she turned, looked up at me, and said, “Mommy, you sound just like Grandma. I like it when you sound like Grandma.”

I kept reading, but my mind was caught up in the thought of being like “Grandma,” like my mother. All growing up, I can remember hearing women say, “Oh, dear…I’m turning into my mother.” I can remember my own mom saying, “One day, I put on a sweater, and my mom’s hands came out of it.” :)

As I thought about my mother, and the ways I am the same as her, and even the ways that I am different, I found myself being so grateful for her. I am so grateful for the parts of me that are like her…the parts of me that try so hard to be kind and patient, even when it is hard. She is far better at that than I am.

I also thought about the support that she has shown me lately in things that are incredibly important to me. I try to remind myself often of Neal A. Maxwell’s quote…that “we underestimate how genuinely and frequently our children want to please us.” It struck me, as I realized just how very much I have needed my own mother’s support lately, that, though I am a grown woman with children of my own, I still genuinely and frequently want to please my mother, and her encouragement and support mean more to me than she can know.

Mothers are beautiful creatures, who nurture in us all of the good we have. We are all children “who learn to love by watching [them].” (-Lucy Kaplansky) I pray that I can be that kind of mother, as well.

6 Responses

  1. Jessie Mae

    So this totally made me sob. We have the best mother! I miss her so much! I also hope I can be like Mom… What an amazing woman she is.

    August 26, 2009 at 10:22 pm

  2. Nicole

    it is hard to accept that our kids do want to please us so, especially because we are imperfect.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:51 am

  3. Chantile

    Wow, that made me cry! Mom is the best, isn't she? :) Sweet little girl!! I just want to munch on her head full of curls!!

    August 27, 2009 at 9:22 pm

  4. Krista


    August 29, 2009 at 4:39 pm

  5. Ryan and Evelyn

    What loving thoughts!!! Thanks for sharing!

    September 1, 2009 at 6:39 pm

  6. Tara and Dan

    Yay for moms!!

    October 5, 2009 at 6:05 am

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