Thursday, August 05, 2010
Good night, beloved mother...
She passed away recently after a long illness. Her funeral and visitation was attended by more than a thousand people. I did a little video tribute to her, which I posted but then took down, out of respect for the privacy of my wife & inlaws. I love them to pieces.
Look in those eyes... Listen to that dear voice... Notice the feeling of even a single touch that is bestowed upon you by that gentle hand! Make much of it while yet you have that most precious of all gifts. Read the unfathomable love of those eyes; the anxiety of that tone and look, however slight is your pain. In after life you may have friends, fonds, dears, but never will you have again the inexpressible love & gentleness lavished upon you which none but a mother bestows.
-- Thomas Babington Macaulay
No; even he that died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of his mother; as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly thought, the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight for heaven.
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-mer, 1835
Unhappy is the man for whom his own mother has not made all other mothers venerable.
-- Conrad Richter