Upon reflection, I recognize many of my mother's traits-some beautiful, some rather tiresome-have been blended into my own self-concept. And so mothers' should always be vigilant about the awesome scale of these small interactions with their child. When a parent is emotionally distant, it wreaks havoc on the passive mind of a child. It tells the child that God is distant; such early lessons are imprinted on a child's character like a birthmark. "The mind in infancy is like the body in embryo; and receives impressions so forcible, that they are hard to be removed by reason. . . " noted Sir Richard Steele, on his own " recollections of childhood."
As an adult, I delight in recalling a mother who so filled my needs as a child and so kindly indulged all of my angst as a young adult. With such memories fixed in my heart, I fondly recall Mrs. Thelma Williams, this Mother's Day and throughout the year.