The original lyrics were written in 1915 and the song is titled Mother:
M Is for the Many things she gave me,
O Means only that she’s growing Old.
T Is for the Tears she shed to save me,
H Is for her Heart of purest gold.
E Is for her Eyes with love light shining,
R Means Right and Right she’ll always be.
Put them all together, They spell MOTHER.
A word that means the world to me.
The picture with today’s post are some flowers for Mother. Today’s header shows Ellis Island. A place that lots of mothers and fathers passed through to make us what we are today.
Anne and I took a walk today. We walked up to downtown Clayton for Mother’s Day brunch, at the Pomme Cafe. The weather was nice enough today to eat outside. Soon after we sat down, another couple sat down next to us. Immediately after sitting down the women exclaimed, “I wish someone would call and wish me a Happy Mother’s Day.” So I wished her a Happy Mother’s Day. This seemed to please her until soon after, when one of her children sent her a text, wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day. Not knowing what to do with the text, let alone how to respond to it kind of perplexed and then eventually vexed her.
After returning home, I called my Mother to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. I asked her how she had liked her card. At first she said that she liked it, but then she thought about it and couldn’t remember seeing it. She started to launch into a complaint that I never send my cards on time, which has been know to happen, when my Father reminder her that she had left yesterday’s mail in the car. The mail was fetched and the card was opened and suitably appreciated.
Anne and I then went to REI, where we saw lots of people we know, also shopping there. Anne got a shirt and exchanged some sandals for a better color. Kennard was working there and let us know that he plans on visiting Dave this summer in Rochester. He also plans to get an apartment.
Returning home Anne called her Mother to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. Dan called back to set up dinner plans for Monday and to wish his Mother a Happy Mother’s Day. Dave if you read this blog …
Anne and Joanie went to Knitty Couture, for some public knitting. They were accosted there not once but three times by scavenger parties looking for people knitting in public. Mean while I attacked the lawn, successfully! Then I went for a bike ride and got fifteen miles. I’ll leave you all with this parody of the Mother song that I found on the internet:
M is for the many things she gave me
O is for the other things she gave me
T is for the things she gave me
H is for her things, which she gave me
E is for everything she gave me
R is for the rest of the things she gave me
I don’t know exactly how to tell who posted first, but I am going to guess it was ME. Then again, as I was reading the post I was guessing it was Pooh writing and since my cards are almost always late I was striken with guilt that Mom really would get vexed about that. Just as I was vowing to set up a calendar so I wouldn’t always be last minute, I realized it was probably not my mother that was vexing. Whew (because I am pretty sure my Wednesday mailed card had not arrived yet). Happy Mother’s Day Pooh.
I mailed my card on Wednesday and it made it in time. It was really bad the year they lived in Carmel, not ten miles away. I always had to allow for another day or two there.
Pooh’s new lyrics:
M is for the million ways she hates this.
O is only that the song is getting old.
T is for the tuneless way we sing it.
H is hiding in the hallway closet.
E is for the “EEK” we always get.
R is for all the rotten things we do.
Put them all together and they spell MOTHER,
The one who puts up with thee, and thee, and me.
Love you, Mom
That wasn’t even close to being poetic
OK – I finally got back to looking at blogs.
Pooh – very, very funny. Especially the hiding in the closet reference.
My favorite closet episode involved Jane & myself. I will admit Jane was a bit young and just went along.
Mom, arrives home, talking to Dad, who is in the kitchen preparing dinner, opens the closet. Jane says, “Boo!” and jumps out, closing the door behind her. Mom is, of course, indicating her basic displeasure with this old trick. Opens the closet door again. I jump out yelling, “boo!” Now this one really got Mom, and now Dad is laughing and Mom is telling him what a wretch he is for not warning her and being in on the joke. Of course he wasn’t, although I will never really know if he was paying attention to what we were doing. The closet was right next to the kitchen …
re: closet and mom. a good joke never gets old.
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We sang this at a Mother’s Day Banquet when I was about 10 years old, so about 1965.
M is for the many cracks she gave me
O can t remember
T is for the thousand little spankings
H is for the hundred times I cried (my Line), times I cried
E is for her eyes with anger shining
R is for rough and rough she sure could be
Put them all together they spell MOTHER, a word that means the WORLD to me!!!
Thanks soooooooooooooooooo much for the great post, this
was exactly what I needed to read 😀
That spoof you left was from an Odd Couple episode! I would love it if you still had the source. I’ve been looking for it. Also, I am making a Sporcle lyrics quiz and will link this site to it as a source. Thanks.
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This is from MAD magazine back in the late 80s or early 90s:
M is for the massive guilt she gave me
O is for the outbursts that she had
T is for her total domination
H is how she drove out dear old dad
E is for the eunuch that she made me
R is my respect she stripped away
Put them together they spell MOTHER
The reason I’m so f*@ked-up today.
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My mom used to sing this before mother’s day every day.
I remember these words many years ago somethings you never forget.
You can never forget your mother