May 2, 2013

A Mother’s Day Parable *

As God struggled with Creation, an angel pleaded with him to take a break. 

“I can’t. I’m too close to making someone very special,” said God. “I’m calling my creation ‘mother,’ and I already have one who heals herself when sick, can feed a family of six on a pound of hamburger and can get a nine year old to take a shower.”

Inquisitive to see just what it was that had captured God’s interest, the angel began to circle the model. “She’s too soft,” said the angel.

“But she’s tough,” said the Lord. “You can’t imagine what a mother will be able to endure,” the Creator added.

The angel ran a finger across the model’s cheek. “She’s leaking. I think you are putting too much into her. 

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord. 

“What’s that for?” asked the angel. 

“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness and pride,” the Lord answered.

“You are a genius!” the angel noted admiringly. 

Somberly, God said, “I can’t take credit for the tears. Those were her idea.”
* A paraphrase from Erma Bombeck’s When God Created Mothers 
Finally, an old Jewish Proverb:
“God could not be everywhere, so he made mothers.”