Lia Collings: Motherhood is about teaching souls to fly

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  • Ridgemoor Grand Rapids, MI
    May 12, 2013 3:12 p.m.

    Wow, what a compelling metaphor! This article captures and expresses so powerfully the conundrum and sanctity of motherhood. It fills me with profound respect for my mother - who helped me to soar amidst the clouds and storms of life, my wife - who suffers in the late stages of early-on-set Alzheimer's, and our daughters - who are helping the next generation to lift off and navigate mortality.

    May 11, 2013 2:57 p.m.

    I suppose that Lia's sister may have uttered her comment in one of those weak, questioning moments we all have, when we all know the answer to our doubts anyway.

    That being said, the answer to the question is obvious. Not only would none of us be here without our mothers, but we wouldn't have the abilities, accomplishments, even the refinement that our mothers instilled in us. For most women, mothers or not, those nurturing characteristics come naturally. But only a mother has the love, the tenacity, the commitment to stick with it 24/7. Even those with jobs--I've worked with several--don't leave motherhood behind when they punch a clock. Get a kid sick at school or a problem with another kid, and the job is on hold for a time. Any employer who gets in the way--well, we all know what he can do with his job!

    Thank God for mothers!

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    May 8, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    Comment from a dad. We have eight children. When we first first starting, being a father was a step of faith for me. I am an LDS convert and was the only child growing up. Moscow apartments were too small to have more than one, and even that one child for people who did not know why they should have them.

    Now with my oldest being 14 I see the fruit of that faith.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    May 7, 2013 8:57 a.m.

    Nicely done. My reasons for being a mother were pretty selfish. I was happiest around my family and wanted a large family of my own, the more the merrier. Each child was welcomed with joy and added to the happiness factor. Seven children in eight years was a crazy wonderful time. Then two little latecomers in the next ten years just added frosting on the cake. Teaching them to fly is one part of the equation, but I did not choose motherhood for that reason, I chose it because it is the best thing offered to me in this world. (Have had a teaching career, teaching in schools, universities, and even the county jail, but the teaching at home is the most fulfilling.)

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2013 8:30 a.m.

    Very, very well written Lia.

    When I read the sentence, "Why forgo the funds and endure the hassle to raise them to new heights when my children would be content on the ground?", I couldn't help thinking that there are many of us who might ask a similar question, metaphorically speaking, about our relationship with God.

    It's impossible to imagine the effort expended to create a universe and "worlds without number" just to provide to us the experiences of our lives. And all of it, if "Matthew 22:36-40" is to be believed, because of love.