i'm interrupting my period of self-imposed
for an important occassion
it's my momma's
that's my momma and me in the pic above
she's still as beautiful
i'm bigger now!
on this birth
for my momma
i want to re-print some words
that have become
some of my favorite words
What is home but that place where
your name becomes precious,
the place where your name finds its power?
You find power when you are at home
because it is there that you are
loved, cherished, and accepted as you are,
with all your frailty, fears, and flaws.
It is there in that lovely dwelling place called home
that you discover you don't have to be perfect to be loved.
There at home, you are able to embrace the truth
that it's part of your life's journey to be in process.
You don't have to be finished to be good.
You don't have to be finished to see your splendor.
What is home but that place where forgiveness
stands at the door, peers out the window,
and rushes down the steps to meet you?
You may be thinking, "I've never felt that kind of home."
macrina goes on to write
but i stop here to say
i have been more than blessed
to have experienced the kind of home she describes
my mother is one of the
very important people in my life
who has loved me
in such a healthy and whole way
that i have been able to
to not only get a glimpse of
who i really am
with courage and gratitude
the life i was born
my mother not only birthed me
she embraced me
she protected me but at the same time
nudged me to be strong and independent
oh my lord
has the women listened
to my words
and because she listened
i re-discovered again and again
how deeply i am loved
because she listened
i found my way
my mother has in the core of her being
the very stuff that
those who came before us had...
you know those
women who made there way west
in wagons and horses
wild and beautiful
my mother is one of those
who has the beauty and the tenacity
to make things
she's one of those
TEXAS women that make people
proud to be a TEXAN
i am proud to be
the son of
GERTIE MARIE WEISINGER SPENCER
to the best momma
a boy could have.