When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into his sixth day of â€śovertimeâ€ť when an angel appeared and said, â€śYouâ€™re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.â€ť
And the Lord said, â€śHave 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.â€ť
The angel shook her head slowly and said, â€śSix pairs of hands... no way.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s not the hands that are causing me problems,â€ť said the Lord. â€śItâ€™s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.â€ť
â€śThatâ€™s on the standard model?â€ť asked the angel.
The Lord nodded. â€śOne pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, â€™What are you kids doing in there?â€™ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldnâ€™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, â€™I understand and I love youâ€™ without so much as uttering a word.â€ť
â€śLord,â€ť said the angel, touching His sleeve gently, â€śGo to bed. Tomorrow...â€ť
â€śI canâ€™t,â€ť said the Lord, â€śIâ€™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.â€ť
The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. â€śItâ€™s too soft,â€ť she sighed.
â€śBut sheâ€™s tough!â€ť said the Lord excitedly. â€śYou cannot imagine what this mother can do or endure.â€ť
â€śCan it think?â€ť
â€śNot only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,â€ť said the Creator.
Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. â€śThereâ€™s a leak,â€ť she pronounced. â€śI told You You were trying to push too much into this model.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s not a leak,â€ť said the Lord. â€śItâ€™s a tear.â€ť
â€śWhatâ€™s it for?â€ť
â€śItâ€™s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.â€ť
â€śYou are a genius,â€ť said the angel.
The Lord looked somber. â€śI didnâ€™t put it there,â€ť He said.
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