Mother’s Day – Twitter Chats Blog Tour
Welcome to the Twitter Chats Blog Tour, organized by Mari Juniper at Mari’s Randomities and Anne Tyler Lord at Don’t Fence Me In. Today's theme is Mother's Day.
You'll be traveling with us through the blogs of some of the fantastic authors and writers who participate in our weekly -- funny, entertaining and educating -- Twitter chats. This tour will feature writers from #writechat, #litchat, and #fridayflash.
You will be directed to your next stop at the end of this post. Please feel welcome here, and have a happy Mother's Day!
This is a celebration of a mother whose dedication and faith set the stage for one of the most influential people in the history of Western thought and civilization. If she had been a less attentive and caring mother, the world would be a very different place today.
Dedication: to my mother, my mother-in-law, the mother of my children, and the mothers of my nieces and nephews. I love you all.
Note: This will be much better if you read it out loud. Go ahead, no one's watching you.
Don't Give Up On Him, Ma
by Tony Noland
There once was a woman of Rome,
Who lived in a difficult home.
Patricius (that louse),
Would bellow and scream, all a’foam.
Husbands in that brutal age
Would violent tempers assuage
By striking their wives
With sticks (or with knives!)
Thus venting and spending their rage.
But unlike the wives all around,
Monica, standing her ground,
With Christian respect,
These rages deflect,
‘til Jesus Patricius had found.
She bore him two sons and a daughter,
Two of whom went as they ought to.
But her younger son
Wanted nothing but fun.
He went for the wine (not the water).
Monica wept and she plead,
That her boy would stop taking to bed
Girls of loose mores,
Those trollops and whores,
Symptoms of life, badly led.
She went to the bishop to ask
His help with bringing to task.
Ambrose said, “Wait;
Is not to live slurping a cask.”
When Augustine’s mistress departed,
The young man was quite broken-hearted,
The mother said, “Boy,
Come into God’s joy,
From Him you will never be parted.”
At Monica’s pleas, never slaking,
Augustine, reverent and quaking,
Did kneel at the font,
Baptism, his wont,
Arose, great work undertaking.
So did this mother devoted
Give life to a scholar so noted.
St. Monica’s tears,
Her sorrows and fears,
Can sing triumph, with voice all full-throated.
Thanks for stopping by! Your next stop for the Mother's Day Twitter Chats Blog Tour is How Did You Get There, hosted by Kristi Thompson. Feel free to read and comment at any of the stops on the tour!
You say you want the complete list of participants and their Twitter handles? Say no more!
Anne Tyler Lord of Don't Fence Me In -- @annetylerlord (co-host of Twitter Chats Blog Tour)
Mari Juniper of Mari's Randomities -- @marirandomities (co-host of Twitter Chats Blog Tour)
Jon Strother of Mad Utopia -- @jmstro (creator of #FridayFlash)
Carolyn Burns Bass of Ovations -- @carolyburnsbass (creator of #LitChat)
Marisa Birns of Out Of Order Alice -- @marisabirns
Jemi Fraser of Just Jemi -- @jemifraser
Deanna Schrayer of The Other Side of Deanna -- @deannaschrayer
Phyl Good of Bookishgal -- @kashicat
Laura Eno of A Shift In Dimensions -- @lauraeno
Susan Gottfried of West Of Mars -- @westofmars
Tony Noland of Landless -- @TonyNoland
Kristi Thompson of How Did You Get There --@howdidyougetthere
Angie Capozello of Techtiggers' Soapbox -- @techtigger
Donna Carrick of Donna's Blog -- @donna_carrick
P.J. Kaiser of Inspired By Real Life -- @doublelattemama
Happy Mother's Day!