I remember my mother telling me on one of the many occasions we would gaze at the stars over our family’s cottage that she had often thought since her own mother’s passing, that the brightest star was actually my grandmother watching over her.

This is what inspired me to write “A Mother’s Work Is Never Done” and was also the catalyst several years later for my sending a copy to Prince William in anticipation of his July 1st, 2011 visit to my hometown of Ottawa, Ontario where he unselfishly shared in Canada’s 144th birthday celebrations on what was certainly a very difficult day, given it was also his late mother Diana’s 50th birthday.

On the eve of Prince William’s trip to Canada and much to my delight I received a letter from St. James Palace dated June 28th, informing me that His Royal Highness had not only read A Mother’s Work Is Never Done, but was deeply touched by its words of support and encouragement. It also included his warmest thanks and heartfelt best wishes. I will never forget how incredibly grateful and gratifying it was to think I had been allowed to touched the heart of a son, whose mother had touched so many of ours.

I have always believed that we should take time to reflect upon our most cherished memories, especially on Mother’s Day; because whether your mother is still with you or not, she will always live in your heart. So, for those still fortunate enough to have their mothers, I wish you and yours well, and for those who are not as blessed this is for you. I hope its message brings you joy.

A Mother’s Work Is Never Done

There are people, we cannot replace,
debts we can never repay,
times only we remember.

I recall your losing more than could be given,
giving more than could be repaid, more times,
than can be remembered.

My dreams are bountiful,
your misgivings fueled my desire to succeed,
your patience sustained me through adversity.
I always strived to do the same.

When that which we had seems forever lost,
I often look to the evening sky,
for a glimpse of the brightest star.

It assures me, a mother’s work is never done.
And my journey has just begun.

©2000 Richard Lawrence Belford

In this life, we often leave or are left wishing we had just five more minutes, please take one of them to share this article on behalf of those who not only miss their mother, but anyone dear to their heart!

About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an inspirational writer, a father of two daughters and the eldest of three sons who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has been twenty-year creative journey that has not only allowed him to become well published, but also fueled his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort and hope to those in grief.

Richard has written “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” an inspirational book about life, love and loss whose parables honor the memory of those dear to our heart. A parable is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson.

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later is available from the Centering Corporation and Grief Digest Magazine’s Grief Resource Library and can also be purchased world-wide on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com in the United States and in Canada on chapters.indigo.ca

He invites you to follow him on Instagram and Twitter, like his Author’s Facebook Page or visit the “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later Facebook Group Page” and join the increasing number of people who believe this book will inspire you to always say; “I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye!”

Richard can be contacted by email at info@richardlawrencebelford.ca or visit his website at: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca for further information.

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