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Saturday, 11 May 2013

The Waving Mother

                                     In December 1900, three lighthouse keepers vanished from their duty stations, leaving behind equipment important to surviving the hostile conditions at that location and time of year. Despite exhaustive searches, the keepers were never found. The official explanation for the disappearances is that the men were swept out to sea by a freak wave.

I am the waving mother,throughout my children's years
I wave here at my lighthouse post.
Smiling through my fears.

For when we begin this vigil; we don't know how the winds will blow
But we are rooted in God's grace
And He helps us to let go.

The waving Mother knows; her children will depart
That learning to let go in love
Is a tender, aching part.

I am the waving mother; on life's sea of endless waves.
Their constant buoyancy, cradles me,
And I learn to be brave.

So as life's waves around me; churn and crash and roll
I can laugh and enjoy life's voyage, because
As I wave, my hand holds the One that's in control.                   

I wrote this today,as it seems so fitting to my life at present...I watched my two oldest daughters leave this morning separately..(one for work,one to a youth event)as I drove my son to his youth event yesterday..we passed my oldest on the road coming home from work...waving seems to be etched into motherhood.....
I'm so thankful to have this opportunity....aren't you?

        (taken last summer...one daughter missing in action:)

        I never thought that you should be rewarded for the 
                   greatest privilege of life.
(Mary Roper Coker on being chosen mother of the year)

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  1. I so enjoyed your sweet post!!
    Smiles, Dottie

  2. Lovely thoughts today, Lucy. I'm not a mom of humans, but I am a mom to my beloved pets. My mom is in a nursing home and is steadily declining. This particular Mother's Day is a tough one for me. Thanks for your sweet post.


  3. What a perfectly beautiful poem, Lucy! Congratulations.

    Yes, I'm afraid waving goodbye goes with motherhood. And when one of the "kids" moves far, far away, it's an especially sad wave. Trust me, I know.

    Take care and have a beautiful Mother's Day. You deserve it. Susan

  4. I loved your photos Lucy and you tender thoughts on this gift of being a mother.
    Happy Mother's Day to you!!!!
    Hugs xo

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxo


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