Only One Mother

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My mother is irreplaceable.  At 87, she’s a pistol – energetic, smart, and funny.  She’s experienced the Great Depression, seen the effects of war, raised two children, survived illness, and coped with sadness. A nature and animal devotee, she never turned down a single stray animal during my childhood, and hosted over thirty cats, dogs, and wild birds who resided on our back porch. Today, she still loves America and life, and is more well-read and politically savvy than anyone I know. I don’t need to consult the newspaper every day.  I call Vern to find out what’s going on in Congress.

Like most mothers and daughters, Mom and I had tough times.  But over time, our relationship grew into something beautiful, and she became my confidante and rock-solid support system.  When I became a mother, I passed her love and wisdom on to my own children. She taught me to be more open-minded, and in turn, she listened to all my angst and silly stories. She always saw my point of view.

I’ve been known to tackle big challenges. Having two children and getting a PhD at the same time was fairly demanding, charlene mom 2and Mom never let me quit when the going got tough.  When I began to journey into the dance world, she tapped her feet to the beat of the ballroom music and celebrated her birthdays at competitions. We giggled like two schoolgirls while we glued rhinestones on my dresses and talked about the old days when she and dad used to dance the foxtrot. She adopted my adventure as her own and continues to write me countless letters that encourage me to keep on dancing.

For years, a Mother’s day poem has been taped to my kitchen wall that pretty much sums it up:

Hundreds of stars in the pretty sky,
Hundreds of shells on the shore together,
Hundreds of birds that go singing by,
Hundreds of lambs in the sunny weather.

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn
But only one mother the wide world over.

–          George Cooper

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge the rich relationships that enhance our lives.  We would not be the same without the people who mother us and love us unconditionally.

In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I am giving away the Kindle version of The Women’s Book of Empowerment from May 9th to the 13th.  Pick up a copy and be sure to buy and a copy of The Oneness Gospel and Let Your Goddess Grow! Paperback books make wonderful gifts for friends, so don’t forget to order a signed copy. If Amazon is out of stock on The Women’s Book of Empowerment or Let Your Goddess Grow! you can purchase signed copies directly from our bookstore!

I am thankful for each and every one of you, and for mothers everywhere for all they do.

Mother Day Blessings,

 

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2 Comments to “Only One Mother”

  1. RayZayas 12 May 2013 at 3:00 PM #

    Hello Charlene–if you recognize my name do not panic I’m no stalker in the least. I’m the Ray you met recently at the Atl dancesport 2013 and I talked you up about how you are an inspiration to watch on the dance floor. Little did I know it’s what you do (your way of life). Because I lost 120 pounds in 1 yr the old fashion way (sensible diet/exercise) I am an inspiration to others too. I don’t know when I’ll compete next but I look forward to seeing you again (hopefully I’ll be slimmer too) at whatever event I happen to attend. Wishing you continued success. Much love, Ray

  2. Charlene Proctor 30 May 2013 at 10:39 AM #

    Hi Ray, it was delight to meet you and dance in your section of the ballroom at the Atlanta Open! You look terrific and are doing fabulously, so keep up with your health and keep on dancing! It is good for the body, soul, and spirit… dance brings me great joy, and it will do the same for you too, so I’d better see you on the dance floor at People’s Choice, Manhattan, or Twin Cities! Those are our next events, in pursuit of the national leaderboard. We are currently in first place on all three dance circuits, so we will go for it again this year, and in the process, improve our performance, partnership, and overall presentation. Dance Blessings! Charlene