Sunday, May 8, 2011

mother's day

this is my little bruvver david and i. a very long time ago. i can see a little bit of a skirt and a long apron behind us. i believe that's my mum's mum. a lovely lady with a chuckling laugh, she was a baker's daughter. soft and kind in my remembering. she gave me miniature chocolate bars, and glass bowls filled with vanilla ice cream and mandarin orange slices

"a mother's love liberates".
maya angelou

on this - mother's day in north america -
i honour my mother
no more than i usually do mind you

because i have a deep respect for my mother
who was difficult
when i needed a "difficult" mother
but didn't know it

easy going and supportive
when i needed
an easy going
and supportive mother
but had no clue why

was and is loving -
without condition
whether i knew it
or not
(and of course i now know!)

and somehow she knew i'd figure so much of this out
and be alright.

it's very cool
to arrive at a place
of genuine appreciation
and admiration.

happy mother's day mum!

with love from steven


R. Burnett Baker said...

Wonderful photo...And yes, you are your mother's son!

Best to you both today!


Jo said...

Happy Mother's Day, Steven's Mum! Thank you for the fantastic job you did in bringing this brightly shining soul into the world, nourishing it, nurturing it, protecting it, and guiding it so that he could share his light with all of us.

You have a great smile, Steven.

Ruth said...

I love the recognition in this, Steven! I remember those times in my life when I realized what my mom meant to me, and that keeps unfolding. These are wonderful photos, of you and your little bruvver, and you and your mum. Happy Mother's Day to her, and to you, who I find have quite attentive, mothering instincts for the world.

steven said...

rick thankyou very much. steven

steven said...

jo - thanks for the kind comment for my mum who passes through here fairly regularly i believe! she would tell you that for many years i was a labour of love - with a heavy emphasis on the word labour!!!! have a lovely mother's day! steven

steven said...

ruth thankyou for this and for the mother's day wish for my mum. i hadn't considered my own mothering instincts until i read them here. hmmm.have a lovely mother's day yourself. steven

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

steven, magnificent words devoted to his mother. Thank you for sharing with us the beautiful smile of his mother and pictures when you were a kid. A very special kiss for your mother and for you on this beautiful day.

steven said...

thankyou very much oa.s, it's a special day every day to have a mother such as i do but it's nice to give that admiration some focus on mother's day!! steven

OceanoAzul.Sonhos said...

steven, magnificent words devoted to your mother. Thank you for sharing with us the beautiful smile of your mother and pictures when you were a kid. A very special kiss for your mother and for you on this beautiful day.

[sorry my english in last post]

steven said...

oa.s, your english is fine! i wish google translator was more precise when i translate your galician to english but it is what it is. steven

ellen abbott said...

sweet. you are lucky to have such wonderful memories.

steven said...

ellen they're not all good - ask my mum!!!! thanks all the same. steven

Dan Gurney said...

Okay, where's my kleenex?

I love the photo of you and you mum, steven. Thanks!

hope said...

Your Mum looks like a very sweet lady...which explains you. :)

There's a comedian who does a bit on how stupid parents are when you're a teen and how remarkably well adjusted those parents finally become by the time you hit 25. ;)

Reya Mellicker said...

I LOVE the pic of you and your mom. That is so so beautiful. Give her my regards, please? I'm so happy she made it possible for you to be part of the manifest world. We are all so lucky. x

Friko said...

You are a lovely man and I'm sure she knows that too.
Congratulations to both of you.

Valerianna said...

Good stuff! And a lovely smile on you both...

steven said...

dan - you used them all up watching the videos of mr. kanamori!! steven

steven said...

hope she's become a sweet lady. she couldn't afford to be entirely sweet when i was younger let me tell you!!! she's a very good and kind person. i'd tell you more but really, advertising and gushing about my mother would embarass her!!! thankyou all the same. steven

steven said...

hi reya - i took that in her kitchen. it's her favourite of the two of us. she's been reading the comments here and asked me to express her gratitude to everyone for leaving such kind and thoughtful comments. reya, i can tell you her work wasn't easy but i've done what i can to make the work of my life honour the work my mum and dad put into me. it's a sort of trust thing - that eventually the kid will see stuff that's worthy and good about their parents. steven

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven's Mum, you did so well...bless you!!

Steven, a lovely tribute...I can see the goodness jumped into you!

steven said...

alaine thankyou so much. i'm a lucky boy that's for sure!! steven

Rachel Fenton said...

Wishing you many more wonderful mother's days with your mam, Steven!