"M" stands for Mother. But it stands as well as for "Mentor". I was blessed to have had a Mother who as well doubled as my mentor. Her constant and unconditional love and her sense of generously shared creatorship form the basis of the grown up I have striven to become. Her unrelenting willingness to sacrifice for me and my siblings have helped me pass forward her legacy to my own children and friends... just as she taught me to throughout her entire life.
The title for this Mother's Day Post might first appear to be ill-selected... for it is powerful line from the film "Good Will Hunting", starring the late Robin Williams, That film stands today for me as monument to my continued belief that there can exist "good men"... Fathers... who can acknowledge the presence of a feminine side within them that is capable of nurture and a kind of love usually set aside for Mothers only. They are men capable of responding with emotion... and a kind of love usually ascribed only for mothers.
Robin Williams was such a person. His ability to cross vast differences of opinion and touch the heart was his gift. It was not always about ribald and off-coloured humour and language. And when it wasn't... "He" plucked the tender strings of all hearts. His mentorship and sense of humanity remain forever with all of us who have watched his craft and embrace its message of Hope and Humanity.
Standing up for what you believe is a great gift from any source. I learned this well from my dear Mom and Dad... and the likes of Robin Williams. I think of them each and every time that I feel challenged... or besieged in my daily life.
I am deeply blessed... and on the is Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10th, 2015... I thank all of these mentors... who "mothered" me... and made a difference in my journey.
Happy Mother's Day... to ALL Moms... Dads and Mr Keatings ... wherever you are!!!
Thank you... and God Bless!!!
"Cherry Pink... and Apple Blossum Time" - acrylic on canvas 14 x 12 inches