For My Mother(s)


This poem hangs in my childhood home. Given that this weekend is Mother’s Day, I felt it appropriate to share it here. Happy Mother’s Day to my moms. You loved and nurtured me in your own ways and have had a part in who I am today.

Ya done good, kids. Ya done good.

Legacy of An Adopted Child

Author Unknown

 

 

Once there were two women,

Who barely knew each other.

One is in your heart forever,

The other you’ll call mother.

 

Two different lives,

Shaped to make yours one.

One became your guiding star,

The other became your sun.

 

The first gave you life,

And the second taught you how to live it.

The first gave you a need for love,

And the second was there to give it.

 

One gave you a nationality,

The other gave you a name.

One gave you the seed of talent,

The other gave you an aim.

 

One gave you emotions,

The other calmed your fears.

One saw your first sweet smile,

The other dried your tears.

 

One gave you a family,

It was what God intended for her to do.

The other prayed for a child,

And God led her straight to you.

 

And now you ask me

Through your tears,

The age old question through the years.

Heredity or environment…

Which are you a product of?

Neither, my darling… neither,

Just two different kinds of love.