May 7, 2021 filed under Gratitude, Love.

God created mothers

A Mother’s Day column from the late Catholic humorist Erma Bombeck is worth revisiting. And if you are a mother, grandmother, godmother, or spiritual mother — thank you!
Love always,


When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into his sixth day of “overtime” when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order?

  • She has to be completely washable, but not plastic;
  • Have 180 movable parts… all replaceable;
  • Run on black coffee and leftovers;
  • Have a lap that disappears when she stands up;
  • A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair;
  • And six pairs of hands.”

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands… no way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.”

“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ’What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say, ’I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching His sleeve gently, “Go to bed. Tomorrow…”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick… can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger… and can get a nine-year-old to stand under a shower.”

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed.

“But she’s tough!” said the Lord excitedly. “You cannot imagine what this mother can do or endure.”

“Can it think?”

“Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You You were trying to push too much into this model.”

“It’s not a leak,” said the Lord. “It’s a tear.”

“What’s it for?”

“It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.”

“You are a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there,” He said.

9 Responses to “When God Created Mothers”

  1. Darlene Gunes

    Thank you that was truly beautiful I felt blessed knowing that God’s love was taken and happiness joy peace and kindness and kisses all rolled in to what he called a wonderful made woman who preformed mighty things in the name of love.l hope I could be the example God would want me to be Amen !!!!!

  2. Sabine Paul

    This captures all mothers are in a very touching way. A great way to start my day. Thank you!

  3. Pat Mac Corkle

    Gosh this was me. When I was a young Mom and now a Grandmom,yes it. Was tough at times but mostly I just did what most Moms do. Oh I have had made
    many mistakes in raising my boys but what I did was with love.Thank you for making it humorous and tough,

  4. Emily Howery

    Thank you for reminding me that a Mother’s love is close to God’s love. Happy Mother’s Day.

  5. Karen Coombe

    Thank you Rose. I used to love listening to Erma – she had a terrific sense of humor.
    Blessings to you on Mother’s Day

  6. Leah

    Hi What a wonderful gift to read that on Mother’s Day. Enjoy your day and thank you