Mick Jones of The Clash once sang, "I wasn't born so much as I fell out", which is a notion I can get with, since my family isn't very emotionally demonstrative. That's not as bad as it sounds, since we all love each other, so I was surprised when out of the blue, my mom started letting me know that she cared for me. I was pretty perplexed and answered with eyes arched as she was waited for a response that wasn't soon forthcoming. After a few more tries, there was an explanation that she'd read in my blog how one should tell someone that you care about them. It was one of those "D'oh" moments in life, caught in a web of my own weaving.
So, on that note, it's a good time as any to mention how thankful I am on this Mother's Day to have a mom that passed down the love of music of all sorts to her son. My earliest memories involve hearing the hits of the day playing on the radio that sat by the crib, I can remember the first time I'd heard songs that would soon become part of the fabric of my life. All this eventually led to me being mom's go-to guy for the telephone version of Name That Tune, I get to sit idly by as she hums an assortment of notes that bear no resemblance to any musical scale I've heard before. Though I express exasperation, I don't mind, as mom and I get to share a moment together bonding over music.
Here's to mom and all the mothers out there reading this - enjoy your day! Oh, before I forget... that was The Spinners backing Elton John on Mama Can't Buy You Love - mom, you still owe me twenty bucks. No, I'm not letting this one go, square that bet, pronto!
"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
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." - Mark Twain
"Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together." - Pearl S. Buck
"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own." - Aristotle
"The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents." - John J. Plomp
"For the hand that rocks the cradle - is the hand that rules the world." - William Ross Wallace
The Pioneers: Mother And Child Reunion
Tracy Bonham: Mother Mother
The Beatles: Julia
The Stanley Brothers: A Vision Of Mother
The Police: Mother
King Sunny Ade: My Mother
From Mother's Days past: the great umbilical & hey, mom!