|Betty Ryals Keitt "My Momma"|
I started to appreciate the patience that my mother had when I would half-wash the dishes when I was a teenager. The strength it took to keep from bashing me in the head when I looked her right in the eye and told her a bold face lie and yes mothers know when you are lying, even if the story you are telling is logical and believable for someone else.
It is about this time, when I was raising my own teenager daughter, that I started to periodically call my mother and apologize for what she had to put up with when I was a teenager. I would ask her how did she stand me, and she would just laugh.
Now, neither I nor my daughter were bad kids, but typical teenagers that thought our parents were born yesterday and we were definitely smarter than they were.
It was not until I got married that I started to understand my mother as a woman, and not just 'my mother'. That was definitely an enlightening time, and when our relationship really started to change.
I know that I have been divinely favored when Betty Ryals was chosen to be My Mother.
I am so grateful that she is still here as I became smart enough and mature enough to honor and cherish her, and to give my mother her flowers while she is living.
Dear Mom, I said a prayer for you
to thank the Lord above
For Blessing me with a lifetime
of your tenderhearted love.
I thanked God for the caring
you've shown me through the years.
For the closeness we've enjoyed
in time of laughter and of tears
And so, I thank you from the heart
for all you've done for me
and I thank the Lord for giving me
the best mother there could be.