A Mother’s Love

by Helen Steiner Rice

A Mother’s love is something
that no on can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendoured miracle
man cannot understand
And another wondrous evidence
of God’s tender guiding hand


I saw two mothers’ interviews this past week. One was Michael Jackson’s mother. Now there is a mother who loved her son. It doesn’t matter what he was rightfully or wrongly, accused of. He was her son. A love that nothing could destroy. As it should be. If you can count on nothing else in this life, you should be able to count on your mother’s never ending love.

And we all say it to our children, “I will love you no matter what.” But do we mean it? Really? NO MATTER WHAT?

The other interview was with Joran Van der Sloot’s mother. Some might argue that what he did was worse than anything Michael Jackson was accused of. But isn’t a mother’s love supposed to be “no matter what”? Anita Van der Sloot-Hugen is not going to see her son in prison, will never go to see him and says he is dead to her. I know that if my son were to lose his notoriously bad temper and kill a girl, my heart would break. But I would be there visiting him in prison as often and for as long as allowed. I would sit behind him at trial. I would never stop loving him for even a minute.

It does make one stop and think, would Joran Van der Sloot have grown into the kind of man he has if he had had a mother who loved him unconditionally? For surely, she did not become this cold over night.

Published by Kate Eileen Shannon

Artist, Crafter, Writer, purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle

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