AN ALPHABET FOR MOTHERS (Adapted from Mothers and Mothers of Invention) 

I didn’t create the following list; I read it somewhere in 2008, and thought it might be nice to share for mother’s day, which is creeping up on us with alarming speed (assuming it’s possible to creep speedily!

I don’t have a mother to buy flowers or candy for anymore—but there are always some friends to send a card to, or – if I have a little money to spend, to buy flowers or candy for. It grieves me how many women (I was one of them) who don’t received flowers—or anything for that matter--from their husbands on mother’s day (because you aren’t their mother—despite you being the person who ordered the flowers or candy for their mothers over the years. And admittedly, I didn’t like going to a restaurant on mother’s day – it’s the one day of the year when guilt-ridden women and men take their elderly mothers out for breakfast or brunch on mother’s day, even when said mother doesn’t know who they are.  Bob and I witnessed a lot of this when we’d be at a favorite little restaurant on Sherman Way for breakfast (often forgetting it was mother’s day) and a nursing home was right across the street. At any rate, here is a list someone compiled:

A.  a  mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary— Dorothy Fisher.

B.  An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest--Spanish proverb 

C. For a short while, our mothers bodies are the boundaries and personal geography which are all that we know of the world. Once we no longer live beneath our mother’s heart, it’s the earth with which we form the same dependent relationship—Louise Erdrich (author)

D. most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.—Kate Douglas Wiggin

E. God could not be everywhere and so He made mothers.-Jewish Proverb

F. Heaven is at the feet of mothers—Persian Proverb

G. I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity – Eleanor Roosevelt.

H. In the creative process, there is the father, the author of the play; the mother, the actor pregnant with the part; and the child, the role to be born. – konstantin Stanislavsky

I. No delusion is greater than the notion that method and industry can make up for lack of motherwit, either in science or in practical life – Thomas Huxley

J. It’s easy to pick children whose mothers are good housekeepers; they are usually found in other yard. – Unknown

K. My mother said to me, “if you become a soldier, you’ll be a general; if you become a monk you’ll end up as the pope.” Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.- Pablo Picasso.

L. Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. – Aristotle

M. Necessity is the mother of invention -  Jonathan Swift

N. Necessity may be the mother of invention but play is certainly the father – Roger von Oech

O.Poverty is the step-mother of genius. – Josh Billings

P. Necessity is the mother of taking chances – Mark Twain.

Q. The mother eagle teachers her little ones to fly by making their nest so uncomfortable that they are forced to leave it and commit themselves to the unknown world of air outside. And just so does out God to us. – Hannah Whitall Smith

R. The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.- Henry Ward Beecher

S. There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother, but next in rank in efficacy is that of schoolmaster. – Sarah Josepha Hale.

T. To a mother, a son is never a fully grown man; and a son is never a fully grown man until he understands and accepts this about his mother – unknown.

U. The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother – Henry Ward Beecher

V. Diligence is the mother of good luck.-Benjamin Franklin

W. You’re not famous until my mother has heard of you – Jay Leno

X.  Who ran to help me when I fell, and would some pretty story tell, or kiss the place to make it well? My mother – Ann Taylor

Y. In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own – Alice Walker.

Z. My mother and I could always look out the same window without ever seeing the same thing. 

Compiled by Sandra Lee Smith, in memory of my mother, and my sister Becky who was like a mother to me.



  1. I really enjoyed reading these. Thank you.

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