-posted by Meghan
Happy Mother’s Day- to everyone who is or has a mother! And most of all, Happy Mother’s Day to my very own mum, with a lifetime of love and gratitude for all you are and do for me- most fittingly here I want to thank you for instilling in me a lifelong love of books and reading, and guiding me and others to give this gift to our children. I wanted to share one of my favorite passages on what a Mom is and does from a book that I love and have been re-reading lately. When I was younger, reading this, I related more to the first paragraph, now I linger and smile with recognition over the second. Enjoy!
“Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children’s minds. It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you keep awake (but of course you can’t) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers.
You would see her on her knees, I expect, lingering humourously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her check as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing that out of sight. When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind; and the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.”
– J M Barrie, Peter Pan