In response to the writing call: Influential Women
May 28, 2010.
The TV blares as I sit at my desk blindly behind a bookcase and hear the words: "hitchhikers"," Iran" and 'Mothers." For the first time in nine months the captive Americans hitchhikers are allowed to see their families and in my mind Iran is simply putting on a show much like Walt Disney would. Seeing sole female captive Sarah Shourd adjust her mother's head scarf mixed with tears on television is enough to make any mother cry.
"Please, please, please let them out," Bauer's mother Cindy Hickey said to journalists, adding that a gesture of clemency would show Iran in a good light as quoted on Yahoo news.
(picture of Sarah courtesy of maggiesblogspot)
I carefully watch the shadowy image of Shourd softly whispering into her mother's ear. She has been in solitary confinement for nine months and has had lots of time to think. What did she say to her mother? Would would I say to my late mother? What would you say to your mother after periods of lapsed time?
My mother died way too young at thirty four and battled cancer for years. I was not the good child and behaved more like McCauley Culkin in the movie "The Good Son." Because of her continued absence in our family as a result of sickness I thought she did not love me. Today, I know now I was wrong.
What would I say to my mother if I was Sarah ? I have had lots of times to think like Sarah Shourd and what would I tell her in one sentence to make sure she knew how much love I had for her?
There is no doubt that if I had one last chance I would say:
"I'm sorry, I love you more than you will ever know."
Is that what Sarah said to her mother after being caught hiking on the Iran border without a GPS? Mothers realize they cannot forgive what we did in the past but their reassuring words will affect our futures. A mother always has to think twice - for both herself and for her child - and her hugs last long after she lets go. Who else kisses all our offenses into everlasting forgiveness? Sarah Shroud's did and I like to think my mother would have too.
“Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There's no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”
― Gail Tsukiyama, Dreaming Water
Former CHS student Bob Bromby enjoying the book!