My Dear Mother by “her” son, Mark Wolf 7-17-01
My dear Mother gave me life, with love for her son.
Taught, comforted, fed and bathed me when done.
<>She gave me everything, asking nothing in return.
Took me from infant to toddler with her motherly concern.
<>T’was time to leave; Kindergarten, four hours without her.
She worried, stayed busy to pass time; not out of character.
<>I made the transition, due to her reassurances.
“She’d always be there and love me.”, positive recurrences.
<>Mother made school, a home away from home.
Everyone knew her; school was a safety zone.
<>She made sure I knew God, go to church and feel comfortable there.
We’d go pray every Sunday; learned forgiveness and to share.
<>Thanks to her I had it all, with little income nothing was amiss.
Education, religion, love and laughter; life could be no more bliss.
<>T’was time to leave; high school wasn’t a big step.
“Sis” led the way, four followed and Mom still had “pep”.
<>My dear Mother always teaching, encouraging and loving.
She was totally involved in our lives, always “mothering”.
<>No wonder she was proud, wouldn’t let us “piddle”.
We graduated with honors, she’d settle for nothing little.
<>Time to leave again, she understood our Nation’s “calling”.
So we talked, made promises and did a little bawling.
<>This time the distance greater, unlike the mile to school.
After Texas training, going overseas was the rule.
<>She was there for me, thru good and bad times.
Many miles from home, I sure used many dimes.
<>She was there at my side, thru the “Dear John Letter”.
I didn’t handle it well, but time let me get better.
<>Not alone! Again she held me up, I felt her presence and love.
She laid the bricks; although I strayed, her teachings soared above.
<>I probably disappointed her, made her angry or shed many tears.
That hurts now, no good reasons; she taught me better over the years.
<>With Mother aging; I still haven’t done my best.
Others say I’ve got the ability, to change so she can rest.
<>I feel a need to promise her this, “I’ll sit up straight and refuse to fall.”
“Rest assured, dear Mother, I’ll rise above and not be small.”
<>“I see the error of my ways, sorry I let you down...”
“Please sleep sound tonight, and throw away that frown!”
<>I may not have said it enough or ever, tis true...
“You know I love you, but I speak of the “THANK-YOU!”