If there is any job more challenging than motherhood, I don't know what it is. I still think Dickens was talking about motherhood when he said "They were the best of times, they were the worst of times."

My four sons and daughter have inspired me in many ways. They supply a lot of my writing and speaking material and provide me with the incentive to get up and go to work every day so I can help my husband pay the bills. I have never, not even for a moment, regretted having five children and I love each one of them dearly. Has it been easy....of course not, but the best things in life seldom are.

Here are some of my favorite quotes about motherhood. You'll notice many of them are by Erma Bombeck, who was one of my mom's favorite writers and also one of mine:

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it. 
          Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
          Calvin Trillin (1935 - )
The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.
          Francis Maitland Balfour

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
          Erma Bombeck (1927 - 1996)


All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.
          Erma Bombeck

Everyone is guilty at one time or another of throwing out
questions that beg to be ignored, but mothers seem to have
a market on the supply. "Do you want a spanking or do you want to go to bed?" "Don't you want to save some of the pizza for your brother?" "Wasn't there any change?"
          Erma Bombeck 

Have you any idea how many kids it takes to turn off one 
light in the kitchen? Three. It takes one to say, "What light?"and two more to say, "I didn't turn it on."
          Erma Bombeck

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?
          Erma Bombeck

When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.
         Erma Bombeck

Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.
         Erma Bombeck


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