A Beautiful Poem and Inspirational Quotes For Mother’s Day

I decided to reprint my Mother’s Day post from last year! Enjoy your day!!

“In teaching (and mothering) you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years.”
~ Jacques Barzun

Mothers, as we know, are very influential in their child’s life. I don’t think we even know how much we influence them. We mainly influence them by example. We act, they look.

Each stage with our children is about letting go. From the moment our children lift their heads up and roll over, they are working towards independence and we need to let go at each stage. We don’t have to worry (but we will anyway!) because hopefully if we were doing our job of setting a good example, they were watching. Remember that saying? “Do as I say, not as I do.” Children are always watching you!

I am so lucky to have the mother I do as an example of how to be the best mom. She is the original Zen Mama. Growing up she was ever present yet not hovering. She didn’t seem to worry and always trusted that I was making the right decisions. When I had problems, she listened, without judgement and then gave me solid advice but didn’t press me into following it. When the time came for me to go to college, travel or move to Colorado, she let me go on these grand adventures in life with a smile and a cheer even though inside she knew she’d miss me. We are finally living in the same town again, much to my joy and delight. My mom is a blessing and my inspiration!

And to my children, Max, Charlie and Oliver, thank you so much for teaching me these many lessons about what being a mother is all about! You’ve changed my life. In letting you go, I’m able to see to sit back and see the person you’ve become. You’re all perfect the way you are and I love being your mother.

I love this poem for Mother’s Day!
It really says it all! I added a few extra quotes as well. So enjoy your Mother’s Day and know that our children are watching and will reflect what we’ve shown them in life.

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking

“When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw you hang up my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I knew that little things are special things.
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight, and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I LOOKED….
and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.”

A few more Mother’s Day quotes to inspire you and make you feel blessed

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
~ Author Unknown
(Thank you to the Zen Papa for loving me!)

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”
~ Honoré de Balzac

“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 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

“A mother understands what a child does not say.”
~ Jewish Proverb

“It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver

“You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.”
~ William D. Tammeus

“There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”
~ Sophia Loren

“I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.”
~ Unknown

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11 Responses to A Beautiful Poem and Inspirational Quotes For Mother’s Day

  1. Vidya Sury says:

    Betsy, it was lovely then and just as lovely to read it today! The quotes are some of my favorites too! You know I have a think for quotes, like you!

    Happy Mother’s Day to you!

    Hugs, Vidya


    Betsy Reply:

    So glad you enjoyed the post again and the quotes!
    And thanks for the Mother’s Day wishes!


  2. Anuradha says:

    Lovely as always-shared a quote-with ur blog credits ofcourse


    Betsy Reply:

    So glad you shared the quote! Share anything, anytime!
    Glad you enjoyed the post.


  3. Christine says:

    Betsy, you’ve got me in tears. Have a beautiful day!



    Betsy Reply:

    Thanks Christine,
    That’s exactly how I felt when I first read this poem!!
    Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, too!


  4. Debbie Kemp says:

    Beautiful! 🙂


  5. Fran Sorin says:

    Betsy- This should be an annual post. It is lovely and filled with such jewels…especially what you wrote about your mother….and the poem is a keeper. Thank you. xxoo-Fran


  6. These are beautiful quotes, Betsy. Too bad Mother’s Day only comes once a year.

    Take care and hope you had a great day!


  7. Gabrielle says:

    Thank you so much for the Mother’s Day post. I just read it now. Very inspiring.


  8. JennyBean says:

    Love that poem. What a great post. Happy belated Mother’s Day, Betsy! xoxo, Jenny


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