Learning is our favorite pastime at Commonplace Cafe. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’d like to share a little prose.
“Grandma taught me to read,”
“Grandma taught me to listen.”
Grandma taught me to memorize,
And my other Grandma taught me patience.
My mother taught me the most important lessons.
She taught me how to treat others, about generosity.
To read people, understand their struggles, and how to empathize.
She taught me to listen to more than just a person’s words.
To question ideals and assumptions, especially generalized societal ones.
She taught me everything should have a little fun involved,
And to appreciate music, playing, singing, and dancing.
She taught me to take responsibility for my own choices.
She gave my spark freedom, while protecting my spirit from harm.
I can only aspire to teach my children the same.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
May 10, 2015