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Voices Online Edition
Vol. XVIII No. 4
Christmastide 2003 - Epiphany 2004

To Mom on Her 60th Birthday

Your children have established a Chair in your honor
But one that pays you in gratitude:

A cushion for all the comfort you've given,
Offering rest for our restlessness driven
Far beyond the school of worry;

Fabric that's fashioned from your motherly care
And sewn from your joyful commitment to share
All you had in your inventory;

Springs that were hope and frame that was love,
Guiding us under our stars up above,
Letting unfold our personal story;

Sturdy legs that once ran to our aid,
Buttons and threads for all that you made
That gave our life its glory;

This transmutation is to say,
"Thank you mom for the light of day
And all you've given along the way."

Your rewards are rich and your honor is great;
Let others envy your exalted state.

May the days up ahead not be spent in declining,
But happily poised in a position reclining.

by Donald DeMarco

Donald DeMarco teaches philosophy at St. Jerome's College in Ontario, Canada. He has published widely on the subject of the family in a variety of journals (including Voices), and is the author of several books. Dr. DeMarco wrote this tribute to his wife, on behalf of their children. The DeMarcos live in Kitchener, Ontario.

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