One day a little boy came home to find his mother crying.
“Why are you crying?” he asked his mom. “Because I’m a mother,”
she told him. “I don’t understand,” he said.
His mom just hugged him and said, “You never will.”
Later the little boy asked his father why mother seemed to
cry for no reason. “All mothers cry for no reason” was all his dad would say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why mothers cry. So he finally put in a call to God and when God got on the phone the man said, “God, why do mothers cry so easily?”
God replied, “You see son, when I made mothers they had to
be special. I made their shoulders stong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort. I gave them an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times come from their children.
I gave them a hardiness that allows them to keep on going when everyone else gives up, and to take care of their families through sickness and fatigue without complaining. I gave them the sensitivity to love their children under all circumstances, even when their child has hurt them very badly. This same sensitivity helps them to make a child’s boo-boo feel better and then share a teenager’s anxieties and fears. I gave them a tear to shed. It’s theirs exclusively to use whenever it is needed.
It’s their only weakness.
It’s a tear for mankind.