May 12

One bright light.

The first human touch that I knew, was  that of Dr. Hockwalt’s.  He was my Mom’s OB/GYN.  Then probably a nurse or two handled me…  but I bet they all had  on gloves.  Maybe.

And then… the first REAL human touch I met, was that of my Mother’s.  And of course, the one that endured.  Yes.  On that morning of my birth, she held me close to her heart.  As she cradled me in her arms ….  she told me she loved me.

She has been doing it in some shape or form….. ever since.  And that is a Mother’s Love.

Mom’s come in all different sorts and fashions.  Everywhere on this little blue ball of ours.  And there is no way on earth to be a perfect mother.  I’m not sure why so many people expect them to.  But you see… many times… there are an infinite number of ways to be a good mother.   And so often… they are our brightest lights, our greatest champions,  our beacons…. and our shelter.   For that, we celebrate them.

We all have very different relationships with our mothers.   But the fact of the matter is…. there is no gift we can give to our mothers that would ever equal the gift they gave to us.  And that gift…. is life.

I don’t think any words can truly explain, or aptly describe a Mother’s Love.  So I will not keep trying to do so here.

But I am so thankful to know such love.  And with all my heart…. I am so thankful for my Mom and for my life with her.  I love you Mom.


And on the lighter side… here are some fun little snacks to munch on around the dinner table…
• The highest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev (1707-1782) of Shuya, Russia. Between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 confinements, she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. 67 of them survived infancy.  Can you say Yowza?  I hope to heck she got a lot of good presents on Mother’s Day.

• 24.8 is the median age of women when they give birth for the first time – meaning one-half are above this age and one-half are below. The median age has risen nearly three years since 1970.  Half below 24.8.  Can you say Yowza again?

August is the most popular month in which to have a baby, with more than 360,000 births taking place that month in 2001.   Let’s see… minus 9 months….. that’s December.  December is Get Busy Month… I guess.

Tuesday is the most popular day of the week in which to have a baby, with an average of more than 12,000 births taking place on Tuesdays during 2001. Tuesday’s Child is full of grace.

And we girl babies… waiting to exit the womb.  Here’s what we do…   We make preparations for her motherhood by developing egg cells for future offspring.   Yep.  When baby girls are born, each of our ovaries carry about a million egg cells.  That is all that we will ever have.   How cool is this?  The cycle of life prepackaged.

Wow.  Think of all the brothers and sisters I never got to know on the outside….   of the ovary… that is.

Happy Mother’s Day… to ALL the favorite Mother’s in my life.  I know a ton of them….