A Tribute to My Mother, Ethel D. Meyer

“A Tribute to My Mother, Ethel D. Meyer” by Joan Y. Edwards

Thank You, Mother

A Tribute to Ethel D. Meyer

Thank you
for giving me life.
for helping me through strife.

Thank you
for washing my toes and curling my hair.
for sewing my clothes to show that you care.

Thank you
for cooking hot dogs, beans, and applesauce on Monday nights. It gave Judith, Janet, Butch and me stability.

Thank you
for leading our Camp Fire Girls’ Troop because
being chosen to lead a teen discussion of “How to Add Charm to Your Personality” at Camp Fire Girl Day Camp boosted my self-confidence to 110.

Thank you
for teaching me to bake simple tasty cakes, meatloaf, and German-fried potatoes.

Thank you
for teaching me that the greatest respect you can show for yourself and others is to accept the answer “no” without hatred or  resentment.

Thank you
for teaching me the art of forgiveness
and unconditional love.

Thank you
for buying Aunt Kitty’s 1950 Plymouth for me.
I learned to treasure and take care of my old transportation and it would last until I could get a newer one.

Thank you
for instilling the wisdom of being satisfied when I did the best I could with my studies, even if I didn’t get an A, all the time.

Happy Mother’s Day! I know you’re up there in Heaven with all the other wonderful Mothers from our world since the beginning of time. Enjoy yourself  today.

Love,
Your daughter,
Joan

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13 thoughts on “A Tribute to My Mother, Ethel D. Meyer”

  1. Beverly: A great tribute to your Mom, Joanie. What I learned from my Mom is that “home” is being surrounded by those you love (and who love you, especially when you are not very lovable) no matter where the house is!

    1. Dear Beverly,
      Thank you for writing. It is so cool to still be friends and in contact with you since 1954 when we both lived on Crutchfield Street in Falls Church, Virginia as teenagers. Now the lesson you learned from your Mother was a wonderful one. You’re right, sometimes we feel like we are not very lovable and family and friends who love us surround us and help us accept ourselves as we are and that we are indeed very lovable.

      Celebrate you and your compassion for others
      Never Give Up
      Joan

    1. Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. I am glad that you liked my tribute to Mother. I admire that your Mother taught you that she will be there to help you if you still need help when you have tried your very best.

      Celebrate you and your love of family.
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  2. Dear Joan what a lovely way to pay tribute to your Mother! A beautiful poem. She must be smiling down at you seeing the wonderful mom and person you have become 🙂

    1. Dear Kathleen, Thank you for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed my tribute to Mother. Aww! I appreciate you saying that she is smiling down at me, seeing me. 🙂

      Celebrate you and your love and compassion for people
      Never Give Up
      Joan

    1. Dear Sarah,
      Thank you for writing. I am blessed with wonderful daughters, granddaughters, and grandsons. I love them very much.and they love me, too. It’s a blessing.

      Celebrate you and your love of family
      Never Give Up
      Joan

  3. Joan,

    A great tribute–one with lasting benefit through all of time!

    Much love,
    Linda

    1. Dear Melanie,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you thought it was a beautiful tribute. Any day is a good day to pay tribute to our Mothers. When the time is right, you’ll post something appropriate for these times. You are good at that.

      Stay well and safe
      Never Give Up
      Joan

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