Quotations on Mothering and Grandmothering
Disfarmer: Mary Stone Bullard and Her Nine Daughters
(Disfarmer by Peter Miller & Julia Sculley; Addison House Danbury NH. 1976)
So this is what I will do. I will gather together my past and look. I will see a thing that has already happened. The pain will cut my spirit loose. I will hold that pain in my hand until it becomes hard and shiny, more clear. And then my fierceness can come back, my golden side, my black side. I will use this sharp pain to penetrate my daughter's tough skin and cut her tiger spirit loose. She will fight me, because that is the nature of two tigers. But I will win and give her my spirit, because this is the way a mother loves her daughter.
Amy Tan "Joy Luck Club"
A mother understands what a child does not say.
The children in this country are the one center and focus of all our thoughts. Every step of our advance is always considered in its effect on them--on the race. You see, we are MOTHERS," she repeated, as if in that she had said it all.
Charlotte Perkins Gillman from "Herland"
As is the mother so is the daughter.
Bible Ezekiel, Chap. 16 v. 44
Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see.
Pope Paul VI
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. You are connected to your child and to all those who touch your lives. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Being a mother, as far as I can tell, is a constantly evolving process of adapting to the needs of your child while also changing and growing as a person in your own right.
I did not have my mother long, but she cast over me an influence which has lasted all my life. The good effects of her early training I can never lose. If it had not been for her appreciation and her faith in me at a critical time in my experience, I should never likely have become an inventor. I was always a careless boy, and with a mother of different mental calibre, I should have turned out badly. But her firmness, her sweetness, her goodness, were potent powers to keep me in the right path. My mother was the making of me. The memory of her will always be a blessing to me.
Thomas A. Edison
I have always felt that too much time was given before birth, which is spent learning things like how to breathe in and out with your husband (I had my baby when they gave you a shot in the hip and you didn't wake up until the kid was ready to start school), and not enough time given to how to mother after the baby is born.
Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends and hardly ever our own grown children.
Sometimes when I look at all my children, I say to myself, Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.
Lillian Carter at 1980 Democratic Convention that nominated her son for a second term as president
A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which his mother puts into his palm.
Give me other mothers and I will give you another world.
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