“A son or daughter loves; their first love the most, their life partner the best, but their mother the longest.”
I remember my mother telling me during one of the many occasions we would gaze up at the stars in the sky over our family’s cottage, that she had often thought since her own mother’s passing that the brightest star was actually my grandmother, watching over her.
I have never forgotten it and genuinely believe that Mother’s Day should be a time to reflect upon our most cherished memories, because whether your mother is still with you or not, she will always live in your heart.
So, for those still fortunate enough to have their mothers, I wish you and yours a very happy Mother’s Day, and for those who are not as blessed, this is for you. I hope its message 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
On May 3rd 2011, Richard wrote The Duke of Cambridge Prince William enclosing a copy of my poem “A Mother’s Work Is Never Done” in anticipation of The Duke and Duchess’s July 1st, 2011 visit to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Richard’s home town, where His Royal Highness was to unselfishly share in the country’s 144th birthday celebrations on what was certain to be a most difficult day, given it was also his late mother Diana’s 50th birthday.
On the eve of the Prince’s trip to Canada and much to Richard’s delight he received a reply dated June 28th 2011, thanking him for his thoughtful letter and beautiful poem.
The letter from Saint James Palace informed him that His Royal Highness had not only read A Mother’s Work Is Never Done, but was deeply touched by it’s words of support & encouragement, and included Prince William’s warmest thanks & heartfelt best wishes. A copy of the letter Richard sent to Prince William and his subsequent reply can be viewed here.
In August 2011, Richard’s insights regarding inspirational writing and his poem; “A Mother’s Work Is Never Done” as well as the letter from Prince William were referenced in Greetings Today Magazine’s feature article on verse, sentiment & sympathy entitled; “An Eloquent Send” which can be viewed here.
Greetings Today Magazine is the United Kingdom's highest circulation business magazine for publishers, suppliers, buyers and retailers of greetings cards.
About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who has been on a nineteen year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published. A journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort & hope to those in grief.
His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall décor products beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc. that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper with a UV protective laminate with a contemporary black beveled edge.
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Richard has also written a bereavement book that includes a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by his stories behind their creation. It is entitled; “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later.”
A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. He 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 suffering the loss of someone dear to their heart.
Richard is actively looking to partner with a publishing company and hopes to have his book published in the near future. In the meantime, he invites you to follow him on twitter @RichardLBelford and check out his Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/RichardLawrenceBelford,
" Life is what you celebrate. All of it, even its end.” ~ Joanne Harris ~