What I Learned From My Mother By Julia Kasdorf

May 09, 2015 2 Min Read
a woman and child walking towards a beach

I learned from my mother how to love
the living, to have plenty of vases on hand
in case you have to rush to the hospital
with peonies cut from the lawn, black ants
still stuck to the buds. I learned to save jars
large enough to hold fruit salad for a whole
grieving household, to cube home-canned pears
and peaches, to slice through maroon grape skins
and flick out the sexual seeds with a knife point.
I learned to attend viewings even if I didn’t know
the deceased, to press the moist hands
of the living, to look in their eyes and offer
sympathy, as though I understood loss even then.
I learned that whatever we say means nothing,
what anyone will remember is that we came.
I learned to believe I had the power to ease
awful pains materially like an angel.
Like a doctor, I learned to create
from another’s suffering my own usefulness, and once
you know how to do this, you can never refuse.
To every house you enter, you must offer
healing: a chocolate cake you baked yourself,
the blessing of your voice, your chaste touch.

Written by Julia Kasdorf (1992)

Related: Resonant Leadership in the Song of Deborah


Source: Sleeping Preacher
Published in English daily The Star, Malaysia, 9 May 2015

Share This

Personal

Tags: Character

Alt

This article is published by the editors of Leaderonomics.com with the consent of the guest author. 

Alt

You May Also Like

personal branding

The 10 Rules Of Personal Branding 3.0

By William Arruda. One thing that’s even more true in Personal Branding 3.0 is that you are the CEO of Brand YOU, and it’s time assume the title. Read here 8 rules you need to follow.

Nov 30, 2022 7 Min Read

past

Leadership Nuggets - Grow Out of Your Past

In this amazing short video, Roshan Thiran shares how you can grow out from your past, and move forward positively. Watch this short video which can change your life

Sep 12, 2021 2 Min Video

Be a Leader's Digest Reader