"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". My Mom (My Mum).

"The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your Mother, the ecology, or the president. You'll realize that you control your own destiny". "I remember my Mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life".
"Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible".

My Daddy

"How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted".


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Comment by Catherine Kosterin on November 28, 2008 at 3:55pm
Hi Charles, Your quote about Mother coming into Being when a child is born etc...really moved me to tears with truth; both as a Mother and secondly because of what My Mother told me before she died. Mum was NZ Registered Nurse and had received many awards & accolades during her life..yet the day before she died ...she said "That the Greatest Achievement In Her Life Was Being A Grandmother".....my 2 children were aged 20 months and 2 months respectively when she died. My Mum was 51years old. So thank you Charles for your beautiful quotes that I have read out to my family this week when we celebrating/reminisced Mum's Life..it was her 20th anniversary on 25th November 08. Vinaka malo & foaksia.
Comment by Sera C on November 22, 2008 at 9:58pm
Hi Charles,
Just want to commend you on this very touching and insightful blog.
I love that quote I believe by President Lincoln. I had quoted it for my Mom's eulogy during her funeral. It is the mothers prayers uttered or unexpressed that anchors a family and the lives within it.
I remember a story I once heard that talked of a near death exprience. The person got to heaven and looked down to earth and saw all this beams shooting up from earth and asked what those beams were. He was told that those were the prayers of the mothers down on earth.
I know that mY Mom's prayers have always followed and clung to me all life.
Vinaka vakalevu for the reminder.



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