Every time I am with our grandchildren, I cannot help but wonder, “How can they communicate to one another?” You see, only the eldest can enunciate the words clearly; the other two cannot. Often Santy and I must ask them to repeat themselves several times to decipher what they are saying. So, what I frequently do is simply saying yes or nodding my head, giving them the impression that I fully comprehend what they are telling me. Grandfather’s trick!
Their mother has no problem understanding them, though. Even when they were younger, when it was a lot harder to understand them, she communicated with them just fine. I, then, conclude that the key to understanding is time. You see, the more time we spend, the more we understand one another; and mothers spend the most time with their children. No wonder they understand their children the best; even before any words are spoken, mothers already know.
Mother’s Day is special, not only because mothers make the most sacrifices, but also because mothers know us the best; they even know when we lie. What is amazing is they accept us and love us, just the same. In this respect I truly believe that mothers exemplify the unconditional love of God. They know us and they love us just the same, just as God knows us and loves us just the same.
Not only is mothers’ love not affected by what they know about us, it also knows no preferences. We cannot ask mothers to make a choice, who is child number one or child number two; they cannot because they love us just the same. And that reminds me of Tante Lydia’s response whenever her children asked her, “Mama, out of all your children, who do you love the most?” She replied, “God loves you! My love is temporary, but God’s love is everlasting.”