Tribute to your Mom

I think most people will agree that Mothers don’t the the appreciation they deserve. Walter Kaner’s Mother’s Day Tribute is called “Wish She Were Here” and is a poignant reminder not to take Mom for granted, a reminder to express our love and gratitude to the one who gave us life, to say “thank you” while she’s still around… because one day, she’ll be gone.

On Mother’s Day, we have a unique opportunity to express our love and appreciation for this special woman. You wedding day— which will no doubt be one of the happiest days in your mother’s life– is an even more poignant day to take her aside or write a special note to thank her for raising you and helping you arrive at this special day.

It may be difficult to find the right words to express yourself… can you pay ample tribute to a mother’s love with words alone? To get you started, here are some thoughts about mothers from the Quote Garden!

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  ~Tenneva Jordan

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
~George Cooper

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.  ~Mildred B. Vermont

The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
~William Goldsmith Brown

A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.  ~Peter De Vries

If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam.  ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)

All mothers are working mothers.  ~Author Unknown

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.  ~Rajneesh

Woman in the home has not yet lost her dignity, in spite of Mother’s Day, with its offensive implication that our love needs an annual nudging, like our enthusiasm for the battle of Bunker Hill.  ~John Erskine

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.  ~Author Unknown

Sweater, n.:  garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Women’s Liberation is just a lot of foolishness.  It’s the men who are discriminated against.  They can’t bear children.  And no one’s likely to do anything about that.  ~Golda Meir

All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That’s his.  ~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.  A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  ~Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  ~T. DeWitt Talmage

A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.  ~Author Unknown

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.  ~Irish Proverb

The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.  ~Jewish Proverb

Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
~Helen Hunt Jackson

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

You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.  ~William D. Tammeus

Now that… my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together.  The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations.  Thank you!  ~Forest Houtenschil

My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.  I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.  ~Graycie Harmon


Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  ~Elizabeth Stone

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.  ~John Wilmot

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.  ~Haim Ginott

Are we not like two volumes of one book?  ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

It kills you to see them grow up.  But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.  ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
My Mother.
~Anne Taylor

On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you.  In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines:  You’re my mother, I would have no other!  ~Forest Houtenschil

Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.  ~Lionel Kauffman

Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.  ~Marilyn Penland

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.  ~Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

Now the thing about having a baby – and I can’t be the first person to have noticed this – is that thereafter you have it.  ~Jean Kerr

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.  ~Chinese Proverb

Never raise your hand to your kids.  It leaves your groin unprotected.  ~Red Buttons

If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family.  ~Lawrence Housman

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.  ~William Makepeace Thackeray

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.  ~Sam Levenson

The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents.  ~John J. Plomp

Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.  ~William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949

Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine.  You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star.  If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word “collectible” as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success.  ~Fran Lebowitz, “Parental Guidance,” Social Studies, 1981

This heart, my own dear mother, bends,
With love’s true instinct, back to thee!
~Thomas Moore

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  ~Marcel Proust

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.  ~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother and daughter image from Mandi Makeup