Mother’s Heartbeat

Validity Publisher Becky J. Newbold and the women in her family.

Validity Publisher Becky J. Newbold and the women in her family.

Sacrificing fun and freedom for ten years, the stay at home mother and wife, Becky Jane, never wavered from the task or ever expressed regret for the all consuming time spent caring for her family.  Truly a beautiful thing.

Her second life, after child rearing, now is full of all the excitement and activity she missed when nurturing babes.

My mother had to work during much of my childhood.  However, my two younger sisters and I never missed home cooked meals, clean clothes or loving care.

So, a tribute utilizing quotes, to my mom and the mother of my children who have blessed my existence, follows.  A few dad and parenting quotes are in the mix, as well.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. – Tenneva Jordan

The phrase “working mother” is redundant. – Jane Sellman

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. – Rajneesh

If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been. – Robert Brault

Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. – Ambrose Bierce

Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember, you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. – Rachel Wolchin

A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe and assures it of a mother’s love. – Thomas C. Haliburton

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. – Author Unknown

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. – Ruth E. Renkel

A father carries pictures where his money used to be. – Author Unknown

The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity. – Jean Paul Richter

I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much. – Hedy Lamarr

You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway. – Robert Brault

Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow. – Reed Markham

“I’m a mother with two small children, so I don’t take as much crap as I used to.” – Pamela Anderson

“My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance.” – Tim Allen

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” – Erma Bombeck

“My mother had morning sickness after I was born.” – Rodney Dangerfield

“It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely. But the desire to beget children is a natural urge.”     – Phyllis Diller

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers.  The original meal has never been found.” – Calvin Trillin

“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices:  Take it or leave it.” – Buddy Hackett

“All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy. No man does.  That’s his.” – Oscar Wilde

“Working mothers are guinea pigs in a scientific experiment to show that sleep is not necessary to human life.” – Anonymous

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford.  Then I want to move in with them.” – Phyllis Diller

Take motherhood:  nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent. – Barbara Ehrenreich

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls.  They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal.  There you go.  I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her. – Ellen DeGeneres

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them. – P. J. O’Rourke

If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much. – Jackie Kennedy

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. – Sigmund Freud

To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children.  As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself. – James E. Faust

I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars. – E. M. Forster

When you have a good mother and no father, God kind of sits in.  It’s not enough, but it helps. – Dick Gregory

Mother is far too clever to understand anything she does not like. – Arnold Bennett

There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother’s age. – Benjamin Spock

Only recently – about five minutes ago, relative to the long-running human comedy – have parents been driving themselves to distraction by taking too seriously the idea that ‘as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined.’ – George Will

About Shane Newbold

Father to four and best friend to Becky Jane for 26 years, Shane Newbold lives life to the fullest birdwatching, fishing, boating and enjoying his family.

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