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8 05, 2017

MOTHER – A Word Study

By |2017-05-05T12:51:46-05:00May 8th, 2017|Make Me Think Monday|1 Comment

Mother’s Day, the day set aside to honor mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society, is fast approaching. This coming Sunday, May 14 to be exact.

Knowing Mother’s Day was so soon, I did a word search on the word Mother and learned some interesting facts.

Mother derives from the Old English term modor and can be used as a noun, a verb, and an adjective. Dictionary.com offered some interesting samples.

How many of these adjective examples do you recognize?

mother love – displaying the characteristics of a mother

mother hen – an overly protective person

mother wit – natural intelligence or wit

mother ship – a ship that serves smaller vessels

And these expressions (idioms) using mother?

a face only a mother could love – an unattractive person

at mother’s knee – learning something as a child

everybody/everyone and their mother – a hyperbole referring to a crowd

the mother of all _______ – the best or greatest of a type of thing

swear/swore on mother’s grave – a solemn confirmation that one is telling the truth because of the association with the sanctity of a parent’s gravesite

tied to mother’s apron strings – someone who has not asserted his independence from his mother

The informal variant of Mother is Mom. The Urban Dictionary provides various meanings for its use. Some like soccer mom I’m sure you’ve used.

Of all my research finds, this poem by Chirag Kapoor best sums up the meaning of mother for Mother’s Day. You might want to recite it for your Mom on Sunday.

13 05, 2012

Mother’s Day 2012

By |2017-05-04T15:57:24-05:00May 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|7 Comments

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey

Today is Mother’s Day. I’m swinging on the porch swing thinking I totally agree with Oprah’s quote. I’ve some motherly women in my life. Sad to say, most of whom are no longer with me and only one I called Mother.

First, the little four-foot six-inch Irish immigrant Oma Julia. Oma because she married into a strong German family who settled in Texas. She began the lineage.

Next there’s her daughter Helen, the one who birthed me:

Apologies to my brother born over a decade after this picture was made. I couldn’t find a picture of all four of us with Mother, which made me sad. (Note to self–take more pictures.)

Then there’s Rose, the Mom-in-love I inherited when I married. What a jewel she was!

She raised one fine son and for that, I am eternally grateful.

And last, but never least, my Aunt Bick, the one who always says, “The stork just left you at the wrong house.”
We’ve had some real adventures through the years. I love when you remember and we can relive those moments.

Can’t end a Mother’s Day blog without special thanks to these three who ushered me into the ranks of motherhood.

And all of theirs who crowned me grandmother.

Happy Mothers Day to them all and all of you. Hope everyone is having a fantabulous day.