What Does Mother Mean?

A pair of Canada Geese flew overhead. They honked encouragement to each other, then glided in for a landing on the pond near where they set up housekeeping. Like many other geese, this pair returns to the same spot year after year to raise their goslings.

Whenever I hear geese honking my first thought is of my mother. She loved their voices. Her face would light up in that pleased grin she saved for her favorite things.

Define Mother
How do you define Mother? One phrase that defined my mother was Servant Leadership. She taught what service looked like through word and deed.

If there was work to be done, she did it. And without grumbling. We kids learned to work by working beside her. In that way she led us.

Servant Leadership
Is servant leadership an oxymoron to you? It is not popular to be a servant these days. Our culture looks down on it. We glorify leaders. Not servants.

To clarify, I am not talking about mothers who allow their children to use them. I am talking about teaching our children how to serve their families so that they will learn how to be productive adults someday.

From getting up at dawn to hoe the garden so we would have food to eat—to stretching every penny so our needs would be met—our mother both served and led us.

Remember Mom
The word mother means different things to different people. For me it means remembering her example and her favorite things—like honking geese.

What reminds you of your mother? How will you thank her for her role in your life?

Tell me about it in the comments below.

Until next time . . . Travel Light,

© 2023 SuZan Klassen. All Rights Reserved.


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