Friday, May 8, 2009

Lesson #2: Don't Judge

Mom always used to say she admired the way I would reach out to "the underdog", but she never realized I learned that lesson watching her.

When I was young there was a sister in our ward who sought Mom's counsel on a regular basis for the emotional difficulties she was facing. I was obviously never privy to those meetings, but I do know how busy Mom was. A widow trying to raise two very active kids on her own while helping her ailing parents is never an easy task, yet somehow she always found time to help this sister, to just be there for her and listen.

She never had many close friends and yet she seemed to be a friend to everyone. She always reached out to the hearbroken, brought meals to the sick and elderly, gave extra time and attention to the misfit teenagers, and never showed impatience with those who had speech impediments.

Thank you, Mom, for showing me that beauty lies within the person, not without.

"You never know what's inside somebody until you open them up and take a look."


Christine Bryant said...

Beautifully said, Karen. You're mom was one special lady. You are blessed to have had her in your life.

Karen Hoover said...

Don't I know it! But thanks for reminding me of how blessed I was to have had her as long as I did. Love you tons, friend!

Michele Ashman Bell said...

This is such a sweet post and such a powerful message. You put your heart into your words and I could really feel the love you have for your mother. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

Haley Hatch Freeman said...

I think this is a great idea. Very touching!
I wanted to tell you also that it meant a lot to me to see you the other day. Thanks for stopping in.
AND of course I LOVED your first chapter. I with no doubt see why you won! Are you finishing writing more of this story or was it just a first chapter for the contest?

Karen Hoover said...

Thank you, Michele. I couldn't have asked for a better mother.

I loved seeing you too, Haley. I'm glad you liked the chapter. :D I have one more chapter done on it, but no, none of the rest is done. I'm great at first chapters but my ADD gives me fits when it comes to finishing. lol I really want to finish this one though. I love the whole idea of it.

Lilithas said...

This was beautiful. And it's nice to know that there are people who appreciate their mothers, as they're taken for granted most of the time.

Thank you for sharing this.