To "His" Mother 

"Mother-in-law" they say, and yet, 
Somehow I simply can't forget 
'Twas you who watched his baby ways, 
Who taught him his first hymn of praise; 
Who smiled on him with living pride 
When he first toddled by your side; 
And as I think of this today, 
Me thinks that I'd much rather say 
Just "Mother." 

"Mother-in-law" but oh, 'twas you 
Who taught him to be kind and true; 
When he was tired, almost asleep, 
'Twas to your arms he used to creep; 
And when he bruised his tiny knee, 
'Twas you who kissed it tenderly; 
When he was sad you cheered him too, 
And so I'd rather speak of you 
As "Mother." 

"Mother-in-law" they say, and yet, 
Somehow I never shall forget 
How very much I owe 
To you who taught him how to grow, 
You trained your son to look above, 
You made of him the man I love; 
And so I think of that today, 
Ah! Then with thankful heart I'll say 
"Our Mother." 
~Minnie Price 

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