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Six Titles for Mother: A Family Tribute

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“One who bears the sweetest name,” states the popular little verse in its tribute to a mother; and that fact is universally agreed upon. Still, other words beside “mother” come to mind when we think of the mother figure in our lives. From her first embrace we experienced love, joy, nurture and protection beyond our ability to express.

Years later, even with our excellent communication skills, we still struggle to select the right titles to describe a mother’s influence in our lives, but it's worth a try.

Photo by Acabashi

Photo by Acabashi

What if, as a tribute to our mother, we selected six words each beginning with the letters which spell M-O-T-H-E-R to guide our focus concerning her contribution to our lives? Make it a family project.

In a family of two or more children, letters can be assigned; or if the children are talented speakers or writers, each child can select six words and compose his or her own six-title tribute. Of course the only child has to do it all—a payoff for the advantage of receiving all the love.

Below are several possibilities of good titles for each letter, and each child can select the word which jumps out as appropriate for the description of his or her mother—not necessarily describing her life’s occupation, but describingthe role she played in the household. Different households may prefer different words, but here are a few examples of titles.

M -- Manager, Mediator, Medic, Mentor, Minister, Model

O—Observer, Officer, One-liner, Organizer, Outrider, Overseer

T—Teacher, Technician, Theologian, Timekeeper, Toymaker, Trader

H—Hairdresser, Handywoman, Healer, Heroine, Home-Maker, Hostess

E—Educator, Economist, Entertainer, Entrepreneur, Evangelist, Explorer

R—Reader, Recruiter, Referee, Renovator, Repairer, Restaurateur

Below is my sample tribute. There are Bible verses included for additional inspiration, but that’s optional. Yours could be done in all poetry or all prose; one line, two lines or more under each title. Stamp it with your own creativity.

However, if for any reason, you have difficulty completing your tribute, feel free to use any part or all of mine; mothers are very similar. However it turns out, make your mother figure smile with pride for having you spell out M-O-T-H-E-R.

Motherhood (oil on canvas) by Elin Danielson-Gambogi

Motherhood (oil on canvas) by Elin Danielson-Gambogi

M for Model

Guide . . . women into lives of reverence so they end up as . . . models of goodness (Titus 2: 3).

Forever etched in my mind, is the image of my model-mother walking life’s runway with confidence and grace.

She has worn garments designed by “strength and dignity,” “hard work,” “perseverance under pressure” and “trust in God.” Her strides display determination and hope; her upper body features long arms and hands extended in helpfulness and generosity.

She models to me the sense of responsibility, the importance of family, and the joy of living a life of faith and prayer. Now I try to duplicate major aspects of her model for my own benefit, as well as the benefit of my daughter.

O for Organizer

She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day (Proverbs 31: 15).

At first, there was not much to organize, but organizing the little we had, was important to my mother. The grocery list was prepared according to the meals for the week ahead. Each household item had its assigned place. School clothes were for school, not for playtime after school. Church clothes had to be laid out by sunset on the previous day. That sense of order and preparation in advance transfers into our more complicated lives. Last minute rushes still make me uncomfortable, and they always remind me of the value of the organizational skills I learned from my mother.

T for Teacher

When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness (Proverbs 31:26 NLT).

My mother, like so many others without the privilege of academic achievements, taught the basic life skills. Even if we learn some theories on behavior in the classroom, it takes the keen interest of a caring mother to enforce the practice. We take the lessons they taught us for granted until we meet people who are socially or morally handicapped for the lack of training in basics like personal hygiene, good manners, self-respect and respect for others. These good traits give us the edge in the adult world. We did not develop them on our own. Our mothers taught us.

Nigerian mothers washing in the Niger.  Caribbean mothers also washed in the river.  Photo by Ferdinand Reus

Nigerian mothers washing in the Niger. Caribbean mothers also washed in the river. Photo by Ferdinand Reus

H for Homemaker

She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking (Proverbs 31: 19).

Not only did my mother keep a good home, she taught me how. Gradually she assigned me cooking responsibilities; having me start or help when she said she had something else to do. I still remember how she praised me the first time I pressed my school uniform, not realizing until later that she tricked me into doing it for the praise. Our house was always a little clean spot and visitors said so. My mother was always creative and until very recently, belonged to a Golden Age Club for seniors where they made crafts for display in their homes.

E for Economist

She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden (Proverbs 31: 16).

Growing up, it baffled me whenever my mother said, “I don’t have any money,” only to have her give me money for a school project on that same day. My daughter, who is much braver than I was, called me on the same discrepancy. I had learned from my mother how to put aside a few dollars for specific home and family projects, when it is necessary to spend, and when to declare a cut on spending. There is a mother’s brand of economics which teaches control spending. Left to our old-fashioned mothers, we would have no credit card debt.

R for Repairer

God couldn’t be everywhere, so He created Mothers (Jewish Proverb).

Mothers are gifted to heal, repair and restore--everything from broken toys, to split skirts, to broken hearts. Mothers can sense the brokenness before the children voice it. In response, they know the right question to ask. They know the right line or verse to quote. They know how to share hope out of their own experiences. If my mother couldn’t fix it, she knew how to pray about it. She knew how to encourage and how to offer a better perspective. Mothers are always on stand-by in this role. They remain nurturers and repairers as long as they are able.


Scripture quotations in this article are from the Message Translation unless noted otherwise.

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Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 11, 2019:

Thanks, Alyssa. Happy Mothers Day to you!

Alyssa from Ohio on May 10, 2019:

Mothers truly do it all. A beautiful tribute, Dora!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 03, 2019:

Manatita, you're the best at tributes, so I'm pleased that this one meets your approval. Thanks for your insight. Yes, the S would have given me opportunity to say more. Looking forward to a good read from you.

manatita44 from london on May 02, 2019:

Beautifully expressed! Such sentiments are absolutely necessary. You have covered the words that come to me quickly, although they don't fit in your, M-O-T-H-E-R. With an S it would be sacrifice, sweetness … I'm also into fortitude or dauntless courage, resilience …

Maybe I'll put up a piece tomorrow. Take care, Dee.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 02, 2019:

Audrey, I appreciate the mixed feelings you must have when Mother's Day comes around. Even though your loved ones are not physically present, feel free to celebrate the significance your parents and your son added to your life. Enjoy the memories on Mother's Day.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 01, 2019:

Thank you for this very lovely tribute to our mothers. My mother is in heaven along with my father and my beautiful son. Todd was my firstborn and I love and miss him terribly. For this reason, my mothers day is bitter-sweet.

The descriptions you came up with for each letter that spells "Mother" are exceptional.

Thank you, Dora. Blessings to you.

Audrey

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 12, 2018:

Margie, sorry about your Mom and your son. It's so hard to lose our children especially. Still God has blessed you with a good daughter-in-law. Count your blessings and have a Happy Mother's Day!

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on May 11, 2018:

Dora, what a beautiful tribute to mothers! My mom is celebrating in heaven. My son died in 2003 and he was my only child. I have a daughter-in-law that treats me like a mom! Your article was such a blessing to me, thank you! Happy Mother's Day Dora! God bless!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 04, 2016:

YeCall, thanks for your encouraging comment.

Andrea Parker from Florida on May 04, 2016:

very creative idea Ms. Dora and right in time for Mother's Day.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 05, 2015:

Cathereine, your comment is so kind and encouraging. Thank you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 05, 2015:

Devika, thanks for your kind comment. Celebrating our mothers deserves all the effort we can afford.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on May 05, 2015:

What a clever idea. Yu always do hubs with so much love in them. I can feel the warmth. Happy Mother's Day to you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 06, 2013:

Great hub and you put all thoughts into this informative and useful hub. Well done on writing such a title.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 01, 2013:

Rajan, thanks for your affirmation and your vote. Glad you like my words and descriptions.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 30, 2013:

Awesome and I can only agree with your description of each word which makes up the word mother.

Voted up.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 30, 2013:

Michael, so happy that you found the article touching. You're so right about Mother's influence being impossible to describe. Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

Michael-Milec on April 30, 2013:

Hello msdora.

Admirable! The attributes you've ascribed is that of my Mother . You're makings a powerful statement , ' we still struggle to select the right titles to describe a mother's influence in our lives." Won't be possible in human wocabulary to describe GODLY mom's influence without experiencing long- life walk with the God. Mother's heart with all her share and care is next to the loving heart of the God. ( don't even try to compare to any of " I- love- you "- human king of love.) Sister, you've done such a superb presentation, bringing tears in my eyes when thinking of my Mather. ( It was during the wartime in my native country, when ABSOLUTELY nothing you could purchased, not even sugar or salt. Our parents worked on a farm, producing, raising everything we needed to survive . My mother cooked and baked every day fresh meals for us not out of , 'scratch ' but of basics home- made supplies.)

There is a saying in Slovak language " where God can't be present, He sends a mother." What a generation!

Voting up and awesome.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 30, 2013:

Agapsikap, I've seen your Mother's Day Projects. "Wonderful" from you means very much to me. Thanks.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 30, 2013:

Manatita, thanks for the votes. I always appreciate your kind comments.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 30, 2013:

Dr. Middlebrook, glad you find the article inspiring. Thanks for your kind comment.

agapsikap from Philippines on April 29, 2013:

MsDora, it is really inspiring. It is wonderful, just like Moms. Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 from london on April 29, 2013:

Cute, creative and original. Some inspired thoughts here. Voted up!!!

Sallie B Middlebrook PhD from Texas, USA on April 29, 2013:

Simply awesome, MsDora. Inspiring.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 29, 2013:

Mhatter, I would like to apologize on behalf of all the moms who could have done better. Hope life has compensated you with other good relationships.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 29, 2013:

Shofarcall, you express my thoughts exactly about your kids and mine. I pray that our prayers come true.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 29, 2013:

Dellea, glad you like the tribute. Just want to start the ball rolling with Mothers Day so close.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 29, 2013:

Avneet, thank you very much for your kind comments. Happy that you are among those who had great experiences with your mother.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 29, 2013:

Frank, comments coming from a creator like you, mean very much to me. Thanks for your encouragement. I'll see what I can do about father (smile).

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 29, 2013:

MsDora you come up with the most clever hubs.. I think of my mother in exactly these roles.. and sometimes growing up my father was a mutha..opps watch my mouth LOL once a again.. fantastic...

Avneet kaur Sidhu from Chandigarh on April 29, 2013:

Wow! It's amazing MsDora, you best described the word - MOTHER and I just loved it. Mother is God to everyone and nobody can ever compete her. She is soul to her kids and spread love without any demand.. I salute your thoughts...... Great Hub...Voted up!!!

dellea on April 29, 2013:

Excellent idea and a nice tribute!

shofarcall on April 29, 2013:

Ms Dora,

We can always rely on you to come up with something quite unique and refreshing/restoring in our human relationships. So good to have such wonderful recollections of your mum. I pray my children and yours have that of us too. God Bless

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on April 28, 2013:

Thank you so much for this.I enjoy positive memories of mother as mine could have done much better.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 28, 2013:

Vickiw, I started to apologize to those who did not have happy mother-daughter relationships, but I stopped because it could be an article in itself. But like you, I wish all others would do the right thing! Thanks for your comment.

Vickiw on April 28, 2013:

That is a lovely tribute to mothers! If only they could all fulfil those roles, so that their children could all think of them in this way. It is like a lovely blueprint for mothers-to-be, and mothers everywhere. Thank you for writing this.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 28, 2013:

Thanks, Rochelle. It feels good when we take time to show appreciation, and if anyone deserves it, it's our mother.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 28, 2013:

Grand Old Lady, thanks for your comment. My tribute expresses how I truly feel about my mother.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on April 28, 2013:

What a lovely tribute to your mom. She must have been a wonderful, loving woman:)

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 28, 2013:

Good ideas-- it shows that someone put some personal thought into an expression of appreciation.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 28, 2013:

Thanks for the blessing, Teacher Joe. Hopefully, as Mothers Day approaches, family ties will be remembered and appreciated.

teacherjoe52 on April 28, 2013:

Good morning precious little sister.

Oh how wise your words are.

I believe too many in the world have forgotten what a real family is.

God bless you with being a beautiful woman.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on April 28, 2013:

Thanks, billybuc. Everyone deserves the experience of a happy, healthy child relationship; and every mother deserves a good tribute.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 28, 2013:

A beautiful tribute for sure, and your words are true in describing good mothers.