A Mother’s Love is the Gift of Life



“A mother’s love for her child is the same all over the world. It is the gift of life, and all other gifts are reflections of it.” (Edna Hibel)

As I reflect upon my voyage as a mom, I remember with great affection my first role models. When it came to mothering, both my mother and mother-in-law had admirable strength, empathy, and loving convictions. My very gracious mother-in-law once said to me, “You can never spoil a child with love.” Tweet this!

This resonated with me completely after becoming a mother myself.

Although mothers give the gift of life to their children, I am reminded of Kahlil Gibran’s message from The Prophet:

images-1“Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.  read more….

Thirty-four years ago, about to become a first time mother, I imagined spending magical moments with my infant child. Holding him, kissing his tiny brow, rocking him to sleep while humming “Hush little baby don’t say a word….” and loving him from a place completely new to me. This love felt powerful and eternal—and it changed me. This love lived deep in my heart yet rippled throughout every part of my being, beyond my ‘self’. This pure and complete love has been a precious gift along side the birth of each of my three sons.

In as much as I’ve given them the gift of life, they have gifted me with many of life’s lessons. They have reminded me to to jump in those puddles, not take anyone or anything too seriously, or for granted, and to be grateful for the small stuff. Each of them provided me endless opportunities to learn patience, forgiveness and to admit when I made a mistake, and make them I did. Of all life’s lessons, it is through my sons that I’ve learned to embrace life. In the most unselfish of ways, each son has been a guiding light of what Gibran says is, “Life’s longing for itself.”

On Mother’s Day, I celebrate these gifts of life and light, with motherly love.

IMG_3557Baby Book messages from the heart

“Only six days old and I love you so much it takes my breath away. I pray that with the passing of time, you grow to love me as much as I love you.”

“Oh my goodness, you are such a precious gift. As I watch you sleep I cannot believe how powerful this feeling is. It lives in my heart and ripples throughout and beyond myself.”

“I love you more than you will ever know, more than I could have ever imagined. Eighteen days old today and now I know for sure, love does grow stronger through the passing of time, yet it doesn’t seem possible.”

“My darling son, my love for you is our bond, now, forever, and always. You feel such a part of me that I find it hard to put you down. Yet I know that one day, I’ll have to let you go.”

“Today I sit gazing at your tiny face and as your eyes lock onto mine, I feel love in its purest form. I place my finger in your tiny hand and you quickly take hold, wrapping each of your precious fingers tightly around it. I am in awe of your strength, already.”

Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours!

Warm regards,

Marla O’Brien


4 thoughts on “A Mother’s Love is the Gift of Life

  1. Marla you never fail to make me cry, laugh, reflect, or to inspire and encourage me. I love the way you write. Always worth the read. Never disappoints. I’m always looking forward to the next one.
    Happy Mothers Day!

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