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My Mother

My mother and father are not only good parents, they are excellent parents because they have been greatly tried and are continuing to be tried. Having a severely disabled and dependent child makes their lives difficult and abnormal. (Will they even get to go out and celebrate their anniversary?) Their lives are not what they hoped for or planned, because their youngest daughter is not what they hoped for or planned. And yet… and yet they are beautiful people living a joyful life.

They didn’t try to find a way to be like everyone else even though their lives weren’t like everyone else’s – they chose to sacrifice, to give of themselves selflessly and generously. Therein lies their greatness, their excellence – and their beauty and joy. I can never thank them enough. I can never repay them. But, that’s why they are so great – because their love is so completely unconditional.

As we have just passed the celebration of Mother’s Day here in the United States and my parents’ wedding anniversary is coming soon, I’m sharing some of my own poetry dedicated to motherhood, and, most specifically, my mother. I love you, Mom and Dad!

Francine & Christina


Within her hands, now rough and worn,

A little girl once held the morn,

Once swept the stars and shook the tree,

And played with possibility.

Then, clutching fists could only pray

When hopeful dreamings slipped away,

And learn to beat and dig and tear,

To toughen skin and smother care.

And yet, within her hands I find

The strength to live outside my mind;

The world she formed with blood and pain

Has housed a little girl again,

Misshapen, yes, and less than planned,

But never lost within her hand.


 I learned from my Mother
forgiveness and forbearance…
even in the deep of dark,
before my eyes could see or ears could hear,
she was putting up with the difficulties
of my life in hers, in
Faith and Hope
that all things work together for the good
and pain can bring forth joy…
In the giving of herself always,
my mother’s gift to me
is the lesson and fruit of
generous and self-giving

© 2016 Christina Chase


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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.

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  1. This is a beautiful tribute to your parents special Mother I hope you get to have the same writing on my Android it displays weird things so beautiful Your poems and your prose passage tribute and you were adorable kid and you’re beautiful adult . I hope this post I could write so much more in my heart I believe Jesus is going to give you the very best is always giving you the very very best and your parents too blessings to all take care we’ll talk soon I’ll try to write back on this because everything was so beautiful what you wrote thank you for posting it was so enlightening I thought I thought about being ungrateful and helped me to think more gracefully to my parents and people who assist me and I asked them to be thankful for each other and Christina to do a lot of people you don’t know you don’t know when this lifetime but you do three prayers for you posted on the blog websites and all the other stuff that you do take care.

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    • Okay I’m sorry for that pose with their typos or with any typos I was saying how you and your family is so beautiful and it gave me your post more grateful for my parents and other people and we all help each other Christina usual lot for people more than you know more than you know did you a lot you don’t think so because if he physically even myself when I laid in bed and I couldn’t move I was doing a lot of people offering prayer all this other stuff Christian we don’t we don’t realize but it’s very spiritual or moral Spiritual Beings that we have physical beings we gotta put that in perspective more spirituality right you got it sister tribes woman

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    • Thank you for your encouragement, Donna! Gratitude is so very important, isn’t it? It’s sad that we humans sometimes only experience it when we become dependent on others. It’s just another example of how suffering can help us to see life more clearly and even live it more fully. Love is ALL.


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