Celebration of Mama
Written 4:15 a.m.
Yes I do still wake up in these wee hours when I get that nudge from the Lord!!! Well, I got it today before the dawn knowing this day was SPECIAL, Mama's 87th Birthday!!
"My Dear Mama, my gift to you is your dream for me, God's Great Masterpiece, STILL BEFORE THE DAWN . As I said at my Book Debut Celebration, with the book being dedicated to you, I know you are smiling down from Heaven and singing and dancing, with the angels!"
To Celebrate my Mama I will post a few writings this week to reflect her life and my memories with her. Some are writings that I wrote and gave for her birthday or Mother's Day and Dearcards published, some poems were longer that I would frame and give to her for different occasions. These are poems that are not in my new book STILL BEFORE THE DAWN but meant a lot to her. The 1st writing I'll post is REFLECTIONS ,was written for her birthday. Please enjoy as I celebrate Mama's life.
As I reflect the days gone by
I always think of you,
From the day I came to be
Your number three after your two.
You wanted a boy, that I was not
But this special name was given to me,
My Dutch name sake forever I’ll treasure
Your little Johanna I’d always be.
I could not help my baby girl ways
Purses, hats, dresses, and such,
A little too prissy your baby girl was
All the dollies were a bit too much.
You decided to toughen me up
Soon swimming and tennis became real,
My dollies and purses faded away
An athletic girl, I soon came to feel.
Vacations for me in the summers did go
No camps only swim meets galore,
Mom, you as the coach and friend to all
Made our summers mean a whole lot more.
Off to college, for some tennis and fun
Just weeks later I want to come home,
“Please Mama, this college is not for me”
You must mature, and you’re never alone.
Grow up time and with eyes opened wide
Many good and bad things I did learn,
After four fun filled years at two different schools
A college degree to teach I finally earned.
A little shadow Jody still was
To my mama even after this time,
Teaching close to home, just a short drive
I got to see you so no more whines!
Slow to mature but it finally came
At 25 I met my dream man,
God brought to me His greatest gift
HE soon unfolded His plan.
Hilton Head, marriage, and then came kids
Close to my Mama I still got to be,
You helped raise and birth my four
An incredible Mema they got to see.
As I look across our beautiful ocean
The great sea seems to go on and on,
Like our lives time never stands still
For in Christ life is finally won.
Close to the shore I see the small waves
Rolling themselves in and out,
Just like my reflections of days gone by
Sweet memories of you all about.
The laughter, fun, tears, and the joy
Are reflections that spread on the shore,
Many are the blessings you've been to me
They keep rolling with the waves even more.
Forever dear Mama I will always be
Your little shadow with dollies and such,
Mature, growing older, time moving along
Each moment, JOY, HIS Heavenly touch.
I love you Mama!