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SideLines: A few words about mothers

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 10:07 a.m. CDT

I had written another column for this week when it dawned on me this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Since there wasn’t time to write something myself about motherhood, I decided to borrow a few lines from others:

Rudyard Kipling: “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”

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

Cathy Guiswite: “Food, love, career, mothers: the four guilt groups.”

Maxim Gorky: “Only mothers can think of the future because they gave birth to it in their children.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Men are what their mothers made them.”

John F. Kennedy: “All mothers want their children to be president; they just don’t want them to be politicians in the process.”

Maria Shriver: “Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave us treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us.”

Stephen King: “There’s no bigger witch on earth like a mother frightened for her kids.”

Erma Bombeck: “When your mother asks if you want a piece of advice, it’s only a formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no, you’re going to get it anyway.”

Tenneva Jordan: “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.”

Rajneesh: “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.”

Mildred B. Vermont: “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.”

Abraham Lincoln: “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

Ambrose Bierce: “A sweater is a garment worn by a child when its mother is feeling chilly.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes: “The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.”

Pearl Buck: “Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.”

Shannon L. Alder: “Blessed is a mother that would give up part of her soul for her children’s happiness.”

James Rollins: “Always respect Mother Nature. Especially when she weighs 400 pounds and is guarding her baby.”

William Makepeace Thackeray: “Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.”

To all this, I add: When God was creating the world, He rested on the seventh day, He still had a few more things He wanted to do. But after making the first mother, He realized He didn’t have to bother. Everything was in good hands.

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