Nancy Hanks Lincoln instilled the virtues of honesty and compassion in her son and sowed the seeds of his intellectual curiosity. Although lacking a formal education of her own, Nancy Lincoln impressed the importance of learning and reading on her young boy as they moved about the Kentucky and Indiana frontier. When his mother suddenly died 9-year-old Abraham was devastated.
Nancy Hanks Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln said of his mother, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother”
Lincoln’s father soon remarried and brought to Indiana Sarah Bush Johnston
Stepmother and stepson quickly forged a loving bond. “His mind and mine, what little I had, seemed to run together, move in the same direction,” Sarah said. She treated Lincoln as if he was her flesh-and-blood by offering love, kindness and encouragement. He returned the affection, calling her “Mother.” In 1861 Lincoln confided to a relative that his stepmother “had been his best friend in this world and that no son could love a mother more than he loved her.” http://www.history.com/news/the-two-mothers-who-molded-lincoln
Jane Lampton Clemens
My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart — a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation. ~Mark Twain
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My mother Ruth Morrison Clark is an absolute treasure and a blessing in my life.
A few thoughts and impressions of my life with her over the years:
As a little child I couldn’t stand to be away from her. Having no siblings she was my main playmate. I have a memory of being about three or four and sitting on the toilet at my Grandma Clark’s ( I know TMI) who was babysitting me and just sobbing hysterically that Mom had gone to work. Poor Grandma that was always so frustrating for her. “Come on, Tammy, come on” she’d say.
Having long skinny legs like my dad I was always envious of how cute Mom’s legs were in a mini skirt.
Naps under a cozy blanket with her was a favorite time. Although I realized that she often snuck out after I was asleep.
She was by far the coolest room mother when I was in elementary school. She always brought the most creative goodies to school parties. Kids were actually jealous.
She never yelled at me for constantly telling people…my teacher at school, ladies at church… that she was pregnant. Every time she turned around someone was asking her when she was due and once again she had to tell them I was making it up. I really didn’t know I was lying. I wanted a brother or sister and I thought announcing one was coming would make it so. Sorry Mom!
Everyone who meets my mom loves her. At some point I began to realize that in some circles I had an automatic “in” because she was my mom. “Oh, your Ruthie’s daughter”.
Let’s just say there were years when I was a brat. She says she doesn’t remember that…and incredibly I think she might be telling the truth.
She sewed me and all my dolls “groovy” clothes.
I am grateful she made me practice the piano all those years.
Mom taught me about men without saying a word: don’t bother them or bring up touchy subjects when they get home from work until AFTER they have had a shower and supper. Chase them around the room and tickle them when they are grumpy…until they finally laugh. And most importantly…don’t show off all your new purchases(such as fabric) just hide them in the closet. Most men won’t notice when you come up with something new down the road…and if they do you can legitimately say, “Oh, this? why I have had it forever”. Thanks Mom.
Most of all Mom taught me about God. That is the greatest gift she could ever give me. Thank you Mom for the beauty you bring into my life. I will love you forever!
I leave you with a few words from my mom:
“Good morning Mary sunshine , why did you wake so soon. You scared the little stars away and shone away the moon. (music) Rise and shine me little beauty, first day of school, and since mom is not there to do it, you need to take a picture of yourself on the first day of school, because you know mom would if I was there. Just got off the phone with your aunt Nancy, who sends her love and blessings on your first day. Mom is going to want to hear all about it when you get home…May angels attend you and may this be the day your confidence level is in high bloom. (hug)(kiss)\o/ Mom. Oh …. and God Bless ”
No, this was not spoken when I was in grade school, jr high, or even high school. She sent this to me on Skype two weeks ago when I started at Griffith…I told you my mom was great! Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!