A Mean Old-Fashioned Mom

Several years ago I heard the passage below in a sermon by Dr. Jerry Vines. I remember pausing the cassette tape (yes it was a cassette tape) and writing it down to file away. I don’t remember who he attributed it to originally, but whoever wrote it – a few of us can certainly relate. I hope you enjoy it this Mother’s Day.

Was your mom a mean, old-fashioned mom? Ours was. While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs and toast. While others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. You can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from what other kids had, too. Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You would think we were convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were and what we were doing with them. She insisted that if we said we would be gone for an hour that we would be gone for an hour or less.  We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve to break the child labor laws by making us work. We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash, and all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do. She always insisted on us telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

By the time we were teenagers she could read our minds. Then life was really tough. Mother wouldn’t let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up. They had to come up to the door so she could meet them. While everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we were 16. Because of our mother, we missed out on lots of things that other kids experienced. None of us have been caught shoplifting, vandalizing others property, or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her fault.

Now that we have left home, we are all educated, honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean, old-fashioned parents just like mom was. I think that’s what is wrong with the world today. It just doesn’t have enough mean, old-fashioned moms.

Thanks to the moms who raised us right, took us to church, prayed with us, and told us about Jesus. Because of you, we live our lives with great hope and great certainty in the midst of a world that has lost hope. Happy Mother’s Day!