Thursday, March 29, 2007

I am better for knowing you

A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters' role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships. ~Victoria Secunda

My daughter will be eighteen later this year and even before that she will be away at university. We have grown close- closer than l ever thought we would. We both travel the ups and downs with each other- the way only women can understand. I will miss her so very much.
The other day she handed me a CD and told me that there was a song on it that reminded her of me- she had tears in her eyes. The song was called Mariana by Yvonne Lyon. Yvonne is a Scottish singer/songwriter from Glasgow. M and l both enjoy her music. You can read more about her HERE.
Click HERE TO HEAR THE SONG (you have to click on the link 'MARIANA'- it's the fourth song down on the right) The lyrics are below.
I can’t express to you the emotion l felt when we listened to it together. It's not always easy being a mum but the rewards far outweigh the challenges.

As for today- l’ve been gardening down at my Mum’s, signing loads of Easter cards and delivering chocolate eggs to S’s nursery. Lots of fun ;)
Hope you are all keeping well.


Summer seems a distant dream, a lifetime away
And now December howls and turns an ugly grey
Time and miles can dull your thoughts and seem so unkind
But your words they bring a thousand suns to my mind

A mother and a sister and a friend to me
A song of loving kindness as it’s meant to be
You gave all that you had when there was nothing to give
And taught an unfair world just what it means to forgive

How do you find the strength to carry on?
Your love keeps on

I see the burden and the beauty in your heart
I feel the wounds where life has tried to tear you apart
You’ve taken tears and drowned them in devotion and love
These children are the stars in your heaven above

I miss the eyes that tell of the adventure years
I miss the smile that gently melts away all my fears
Grief has only fuelled your faith and made your heart strong
Mourning turns to dancing and your sadness to song

I am changed, I am moved, I am better for knowing you

© 2005 Yvonne Lyon


Betty said...

What a beautiful tribute your daughter gave you...The music is beautiful but the words so full of praise to you as her Mother.

My two daughters and I share a wonderful relationship that I treasure......because I know that not all mothers and daughters feel this way towards one another.

Thank you for the prayers for Marion and Nelle. We visited Nelle this afternoon and I told her people in several countries were praying for her and she was so pleased and said to say thank you..........

I know Marion appreciates them also. She is such a kind,dear, sweet lady who has enriched my life.

slap me happy said...

she does have a heart of gold, and I still think she is melissa sweet after all these years. Love you Mel
aunty shona

smileymamaT said...

I just listened to Mariana. And it makes me want to cry. And I love it completely. Thank you for sharing that, as I would have never heard it otherwise.

Merle said...

Hi Sarah ~~ Beautiful song and such a wonderful gesture from your lovely daughter. That song will have special meaning for you both forever.
You mus be a great Mum to inspire
that response in your daughter.
Take care, Love, Merle.

PEA said...

Oh dear...reaching for a tissue...that is SO very beautiful, the words and the music! I'd love to think if I'd had a daughter, I would have been as close to her as you are to yours. Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Sarah! Have a wonderful weekend my friend, I'm off to the Sugar Bush:-) xox

Susie said...

Thanks for sharing this! I had never heard of this singer, and the lyrics are so meaningful..
We're enjoying lovely sunshine here in CA

HLiza said...

The lyrics itself brought tears to my eyes..motherhood indeed is very challenging but oh so rewarding! I'm glad she shares your passion and appreciates you the way she does. You truly deserve a good daughter like her..

Margaret said...

What a wonderfuyl tribute for a mother to recieve, sadly I could not hear the song but did read the words. Now wonder you feel very touched, I am so happy that you have such a wonderful relationship with your daughter. I am sure you are both lovely people. Loved the Tardis it could take off on never knows.....
Cheeers and Hugs Margaret

Jeanette said...

hi Horizon
I just listened to the song I had to go for the tissues, A truly beautiful song.I understand how close a mother and daughter can be, I have 3 beautiful adult girls and 1 grown up son and we all have very close relationship and will all be visiting me for easter..

"Early Bird" said...

A beautiful post! I love it when every once in a while our daughters "get it".

Sorlil said...

Yvonne Lyon is great, I've heard her and her husband live twice, she's got a real gift from God in songwriting.

Betty said...

I had another email from John today and he said Marion continues to do well and he will keep updating. I really appreciate his willingness to let us hear from her.

Nelle hasn't been able to come home as she is having breathing problems. Thank you so much for your prayers. She is thrilled that anyone would make the effort for someone they don't know......

Apple said...

What a lovely gift M. has given you. My daughter and I did not become close until after she had children of her own. I'm glad you won't have to wait as long as I did for that special friendship.

Sling said...

Driving accoustic,beautiful lyrics,..Plus!..She's easy on the eyes.
Loved it!

Kerri said...

Your daughter sounds like a gem Horizon, and no wonder, with such a wonderful mother. She's given you such a loving tribute, and you've given her one in return. It warms my heart to hear of your sweet relationship.
I can't imagine not having my two daughters. They're a very precious part of my life.
I love Yvonne Lyon's singing! And what a beautiful song. I listened to all 4 songs. Thanks so much for introducing me to her talents. I'll be looking out for a CD of her songs.
She reminds me a bit of Sarah McLachlan, of whom I'm a big fan.
I hope you'll have a sunny and warm Sunday! We had a bitter wind blowing again today, but pretty sunny skies.

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful that you two have such a good relationship. I miss my mom so much but I draw on all those special moments we shared just like you are describing in this post. There is no one like mom.

Sending you big hugs,

Merle said...

Hi again Sarah ~~ Thanks for your visit. It's funny wile you were tcking me in with a g'night kiss, I
was woken by 3 neighbors in my bedroom, it's in my latest post.
And being around 50 doesn't sound too bad to me as I will be 73 in May. Take cate my friend, Love, Merle.

clairesgarden said...

you mean theres light at the end of the teenage 'its all about my hair straightners' tunnel. thank goodness!!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

ah, no fair, making me cry in the middle of the day! I love your blog, my eldest daughter and her husband live in Aberdeen, and I miss her so!

I visited your fair country last year, how beautiful it is! Thank you for sharing the lyrics and the are a wonderful Mom and you raised a sweet daughter!


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