Tuesday, July 2, 2013

From My Reading List

I love finding words that beautifully describe motherhood, and this week I found them in Peter Pan.

It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for the next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day. If you could keep awake (but of course you can't) you would see your own mother doing this, and you would find it very interesting to watch her. It is quite like tidying up drawers. You would find it interesting to watch her on her knees, I expect, lingering humorously over some of your contents, wondering where on earth you had picked this thing up, making discoveries sweet and not so sweet, pressing this to her cheek as if it were as nice as a kitten, and hurriedly stowing it out of sight. When you wake in the morning, the naughtiness and evil passions with which you went to bed have been folded up small and placed at the bottom of your mind; and on the top, beautifully aired, are spread out your prettier thoughts, ready for you to put on.

A mother has many tasks that may seem menial, but children need to be oblivious to that, if their innocent minds are to be filled with thoughts that will help grow into beautiful, caring adults.

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