Category: Dr. Ike

As we do from time-to-time we offer “Free Form” blogging. But today’s free form is about Mom. With Mother’s Day  this Sunday May 11, let’s speak about Mom, tell your stories, ask your questions, request any song– all about Mom.

14 thoughts on “FREE FORM (All About Mom)

  1. Dr. Ike and all who had something to say here – thanks. My mother and I have been estranged for about a year over a trivial difference of opinion. Enough is enough, I am calling her on Mother’s Day to try to re-establish our relationship. Wish me luck and thanks again for honest inspiration.

  2. Dear Doc Ike: While I love my adoptive mother very much, I can’t help but wonder what my birthmother was like? I wonder what were the circumstances surrounding her decision to put me up for adoption? I hope she did not suffer too much after she gave me away and has had a nice life. I know many people today seek out their birthparents. I have decided that as curious as I am, I will not do so. The couple who adopted me have been outstanding loving parents. I don’t know how they would feel if I found my mother and conversely, I don’t know how my birth mother may suffer if I were to surface into her life today. Do you or any of your readers have a song about adoption written either from the child or the mother or father’s perspective? It seems to be a very common human hurt and I am surprised I have never come across a song about it.

    1. @ Jack, yes, your name IS Jack, I do know of a wonderful song Marie Osmond ( an adoptive mother) sings From God’s Arms, To My Arms, To Yours written by her friend Michael McClean. You can hear her sing it on You Tube but quality is crappy. Go listen to Michael McClean sing it himself. Wow. Hope it helps you, dear friend.

  3. @ Bea, I thought I was the only one who knew of Isla Grant! Do you the song “A Daisy for Mother?” I really did not know who she was until one night I was at one of those open mike events at a coffee shop in San Francisco and a man sang this song while accompanying himself on the mandolin. I did my usual Google search on my phone and came up with this woman singing it. She is Scottish and in addition to singing traditional Celtic music she writes and performs her own work with her singer husband Al Grant. I love music of all genres and am always looking for new experiences in music. Sorry for the digression! Happy Mother’s Day memories, everyone, even if it is a sad day for you.

  4. Dear Dr. Ike and the PNRR community,

    I have just read all the other comments here and tears are streaming down my face. Just today, thinking of Mother’s Day coming up, I was humming to myself “Mother’s Chair.” Of course, practically everyone across the pond sings it, but I am not sure you have heard it before. Have a listen to Isla Grant sing it. She is clear as a bell and you hear a little cry in her voice when as she performs it. Gosh, I miss Mum.

  5. Wow, this is a cool site. I can’t believe I fell into it today. My Mom is gone 5 years now. Her favorite song she used to sing to us about her mother was “Medals for Mothers” by Bonnie Owens. I think lots of people covered it, but Bonnie’s was her favorite. I used to think it was a sappy song but now that she is gone…..well…..please play it Doc. Thanks!

  6. Hi Doc,

    Sending this out across the net as my tribute to our mother. After our dad left town with another woman, never to be heard from again, my mother kept my two younger brothers and me together by working long hours weekdays in a café and cleaning other peoples houses on the weekend or taking in laundry or ironing for other people. She would be so exhausted sometimes that she would fall asleep mid-sentence while helping us with our homework. Relatives encouraged her to split us up to live with them because nobody could take all three of us into their modest homes. We used to scrap with each other a lot living in close quarters with no spending money in our pockets. Now that we are all grown, we appreciate how much of her young life she sacrificed for us and are sorry for the rough times we gave her. She is thankfully still with us and is enjoying the company of her 8 grandchildren! Please play her favorite song ” The Galway Shawl.” Ann Williamson has a beautiful version of it on You Tube. Ann looks like our mother, too!

  7. Dear Dr. Ike, I always take the opportunity whenever one affords itself to share with anyone who will listen how much I feel cheated that I did not get to know my mother’s mother. My mother at age 12 on a scorching hot day in 1946 was home alone when her mother had a serious asthma attack. My mother helped her from her bed in the hot attic to the roof of the house hoping to get some air. It did not help and they stumbled back to the bedroom where my grandmother died gasping in my mother’s arms. Grandma Frances had some ailment in childhood that caused her to have one lung removed. That dear little woman married and gave birth to six children (my Ma was the baby.) Despite extreme poverty she kept her children together by living in the attic of her father-in-laws house. Despite poor health and miserable living conditions, was a kind and loving person and was known to the neighbor’s as “Aunt Francie” because of their deep affection for her. She loved to sew by hand and used to mend clothing for not just her own children but for the neighbor children as well. I could go on and on with the stories family have told me about her. I guess, in a funny way, I did get to “know” her through their memories. I just wish I could have had some memories of my own. Happy Mother’s Day to my dear mother and mothers everywhere!

    P.S. As I am more homesick (after 44 years of living in another state) than usual and request Dr. Ike you please play for me “Pale Horses” by Moby which is one of my personal Top 100.

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