Canada’s 144th Birthday, Prince William, Motherhood & Diana



A Mother’s Work Is Never Done

In a few short months Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday on July 1, 2017.

On the eve of Canada’s 144th birthday I wrote Prince William enclosing a copy of my poem A Mother’s Work Is Never Done in anticipation of his and The Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Canadian Tour’s visit to my hometown of Ottawa, Ontario on July 1st 2011 and what would have also been his mother Princess Diana’s 50th birthday.

I received a reply a few weeks later from Saint James Palace informing me that His Royal Highness not only read “A Mother’s Work Is Never Done” but also wanted to thank me for my thoughtful letter and beautiful poem.

I have always believed that when it comes to our mothers we should reflect upon our most cherished memories, because whether they are still with us or not, they will always live in our hearts.

So, for those still fortunate enough to have their mother, God bless her! And for all who are not as blessed, this is for you. I hope it brings you joy.

A Mother’s Work Is Never Done

There are people, we cannot replace,

debts we can never repay,

times only we remember.

I recall your losing more than could be given,

giving more than could be repaid,

more times, than can be remembered.

My dreams are bountiful,

your misgivings fueled my desire to succeed,

your patience sustained me through adversity.

I always strived to do the same.

When that which we had seems forever lost,

I often look to the evening sky,

for a glimpse of the brightest star.

It assures me a mother’s work is never done

and my journey, has just begun.

©2000 Richard Lawrence Belford

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About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer, a father of two daughters and the eldest of three sons who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has been on a twenty-year creative journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort and hope to those in grief. His favorite parable is Footprints and loves how its meaningful last line makes him feel no matter how many times he reads it.

His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall plaques beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper, have a UV protective laminate complete with a contemporary black beveled edge.

“A Mother’s Work Is Never Done” is available at: or purchased wholesale in various sizes by registering at:

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Richard has written “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later" an 8½'' x 11'' full-color coffee table book that includes; beautifully illustrated artwork, inspiring quotes and a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by the stories behind their creation.

A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson and trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those grieving the loss of someone dear to their heart.

The book is being published by innovative publisher GenZ Publishing who will be releasing it in time for Easter and genuinely believe it will further inspire those who read it to always try & say; “I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.”

It will be available at Barnes & Noble Book Stores, and


                           ©2017 Richard Lawrence Belford and GenZ Publishing


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                “An  Inspirational Verse is like a Song for those who cannot Sing!™”

                                                 ~ Richard Lawrence Belford ~



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