Mom & Dad
(Percy & Novella) Printable Page
By Albert Potts
I was asked to give a tribute to
a very special mom and it made me glad.
But, I can't give it of a special mother
without including a very special dad.
Sixty years I've known these kind and
loving people, 65 they've been as man & wife.
And for nearly three fourths of a century they prayed
and worked together to make a better life.
To improve things for themselves and for their children
this is one of the goals they really tried to do.
I hope our love, for them, can
partially pay for the trials we've put them thru.
What makes our parents special. I guess,
is the many kind and spiritual happenings in their past.
It's the stories and exemplary teaching that
gave us memories that will last.
The schooling for my father, fifth grade
was all he ever had.
His mother died when he was 10 and
was on his own when he was just a lad.
His father was called on a mission
to our States most Southern part.
14 years old found dad in Montana
working, lonely. and sad of heart.
Another part in Dad's history - a special
part in his younger life.
When he was driving a white team and new buggy
coming with his brand new wife.
He said "I t wasn't the white team or
brand new buggy that opened their eyes with glee
But the brand new wife - that beautiful
bride that set on the seat by me.
I remember mom telling about her education
and important happenings in her younger days.
III clothed and cold she walked 2 miles
and that made about 4 miles both ways.
She also told of a special little boy who's
family was too poor to send him food or meat
And how he would for her be waiting
With a smile and her lunch, when it was time to eat.
How he appreciated her kindness and goodness
the things she freely and willingly shared.
It told us and him or her goodness
And let us know she really cared.
God says I'll take care of all my
children who are down on the earth below
But I'll do it with the help of those who
are willing to help, this he wants us to know.
To give and to share their life and
talents was a quality of both Mom and Dad.
The washing and dressing of those who passed on,
the setting up with those that were quite bad.
I remember one invalid lady who needed
constant help and lots of care.
And day after day for a long, long time
my mother was always there.
I remember them planting a large garden
for more than they would ever need.
Their gathering and giving it away and
helping others their families feed.
I growled to mom about this practice of
giving so rnuch garden stuff away.
They are too lazy to plant, I told her
and wouldn't ever share with you any day.
She looked at me very sternly and soon
I was hanging low my head
She told me the things the Lord wanted
me to know and this is what she had said.
"Son, the Lord has really blessed us.
He showed us that He does care."
So if we give the extra to our needy
neighbors "We'll always have plenty to share."
Another thing that always thrills me
is cars slow down by their place for a longer look.
Those beautiful flowers - the well kept yards
Just like in a picture book.
Life hasn't really been easy
They have worked and labored hard in most all ways.
They have been frugal and sparing an saving
planning ahead for needy days.
Each of us should reminisce, and ponder
And thank God for the special parents we do love.
And know for sure and for certainty
that they came from God above.