Happy Mother’s Day

2007 Nevada Desert

It’s not that I only think about this one week-end a year.  I, as I’m sure many of you, frequently think about what is the most important responsibility of parenting.  One of the obvious goals is  to teach our kids to be good citizens.  We want our kids to be kind to other people and to contribute in some positive way to society in a way that makes them happy.  But I don’t think that that is the most important job of being a mother.

Hand versus land is the wine equivalent to nature versus nurture.  Some wine makers produce their wine through practices such as adding tannins or acids or chaptalizing the wine to increase the alcohol.  Some grape growers take a ‘hands off’ approach to the wine.  They harvest, press and bottle the wine, but do very little else to alter how the wine will taste.  Great wines can be made in both scenarios.  But imagine a wine maker growing a delicate grape like Pinot Noir, then being dissatisfied with the lower tannins and the red fruit aromas and using additives to give the wine denser tannins and aromas of blackberry and currant to make it more like a Cabernet Sauvignon, all the while missing the nuanced complexity that the Pinot Noir has to offer.  Imagine a winemaker mistaking the soaring acidity of a great Riesling for a fault, and diluting the wine to soften its crispness.

That I think is the most important job of parenting; not just to raise our kids to be good citizens, but to let them see their best qualities and give them the confidence to embrace who they are.

Happy Mother’s Day!Oregon, April, 2015 075

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26 comments on “Happy Mother’s Day

  1. renobarb says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you (and your little vines).

  2. So well said…happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Seriously like!! “the most important job of parenting; not just to raise our kids to be good citizens, but to let them see their best qualities and give them the confidence to embrace who they are.”
    Happy Mother’s Day to You!

  4. SAHMmelier says:

    Amen! Great analogy and Happy Mother’s day!

  5. Happy Mother’s Day and use your gifts wisely to enjoy them fully.

  6. Great comparison! Hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day!

  7. Kay says:

    Love your analogy, may we all strive to keep that balance in our life.

  8. Amen sister! Happy Mother’s Day Linda!

  9. Dana Dean says:

    Aww – very nice post my friend. I had forgotten you were once a red-head!!!



  10. Happy Mother’s Day to you! That second photo looks like Multnomah Falls?

  11. annepeterson says:

    I liked your analogy. I think one of the biggest errors parents made years ago was assuming all the kids in the family should be treated the same. It did not take into account the different temperaments, unique personalities. Children are not the result of cookie cutters. Enjoyed your post.

    • foxress says:

      It’s true. They definitely come with their own varying traits. It would be easier if they didn’t, but a lot less interesting! Thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate that!

  12. I enjoyed your Mother’s Day post. My mother and father passed 12 years ago, within 32 days of each other. Hardly a day passes when I think of them and wish I asked some questions before they passed.

  13. Excellent post for Mother’s Day! I agree that we should give them the confidence to be who they are!

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