Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Mother's Love ~ Happy Mother's Day Edna Mae Vandelia Frances Parker Allen Deer

Mothers mean the world to their children.  The bond/relationship between them is very special.  My grandmother Edna was a very, very special woman.  She loved hard and cared deeply for her children (grandchildren/great-grandchildren).  She also sacrificed many things to give the best to them.   On this Mother's Day, I would like to take this opportunity to let her know how much she was loved.  She was the kindest, funniest woman, who was also a great cook.  She could fix anything from scratch (she used to laugh sweetly at me for having to measure my ingredients).

There is nothing in the world like a mother's love.  On this Mother's Day, I want to give thanks and send love to my grandmother in heaven.  We were so blessed to have her in our lives.   Her legacy lives on in all of us.

My father, called "Junior" by his mother was the apple of her eye.  She loved him dearly and was very proud of him.  I think she also spoiled him a bit.  :)  I asked him to write something about her for this post.  Read in his own words,  his special take on the poem "M-O-T-H-E-R" by Howard Johnson.  I call it "Ode to Mama".

"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER" 
A word that means the world to me. ~Howard Johnson



M ~ Is for the million things she gave me...
     Of course, she gave me life and taught me how to respect and how to appreciate it.  She once said, "even a dog deserves respect because it's living just like you".

O ~ Means only that she's growing old...
     Growing old was not in her, and I'm praying that I have her genes.  Up until she left us, she was always spry and chipper.  She hid her age very well.

T ~ Is for the tears she shed to save me...
     Shedding tears I will never forget, It was the day I left for the military.  It was almost like a scene out of a movie.  She was standing on the station platform crying as the train pulled put, getting smaller and smaller until she disappeared.  I tried to be a man, but I also shed a tear.

H ~ Is for her heart of purest gold...
     What more can you say?  I don't think anyone could ever say a bad word about my Mother.  She loved everyone and would do just about anything for anyone, even if they were not family.

E ~ Is for her eyes, with love-light shining...
     Eyes I made cry when she found out I got in trouble with the law.  After seeing her face and seeing her crying, I swore to myself I would never do anything to make her cry again.

R ~ Means right, and right she'll always be...
     Yes, she was always right.  Even today, I do the things she emphasized that is right to do.  There is a famous saying that she used and instilled in us, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

Put them all together and they spell MOTHER
     A Word That Means The World To Me...

For me, you put them all together and they spell MAMA, and that's the Word that means the world to me.

Johnson, Howard. Meaning of Mother. Retrieved from

Multiplicityme2too (2012, September 24). Kem A Mother's Love. Retrieved from