Perfectly timed for Mother’s day: ‘Mother’ by Leanne Rimes

My mother in law and I were having a conversation when I was side-tracked by what was on TV.  She had been watching ‘The View’ and their guest was set to perform.  I completely tuned out my poor MIL and focused heavily on the TV.  I didn’t know what the lyrics were initially but was caught up in the melody.  Finally, I heard the words “Mother, you did the best you could” and it took everything in me to not break down crying right then and there.  I almost made it.

As a daughter, when I was younger and thought I knew everything, I pretty much blamed all that was wrong in my life on my parents, especially my mom.  I’m not sure where it changed, perhaps it was when I became a mom and was so scared to make mistakes that I thought would scar them for life.  But at some point I realized we are, for the most part, doing the best we can with what we have experienced in our lives and learned from others – good and bad.  Upon that realization, it hurt to the core that I had the nerve to pass judgement on her like that.  I think that is why it was such a blessing and amazing honor for me to take care of her the last two years of her life.

The song… the tearfully beautiful words… the heartfelt performance… I’ve listened 4 times since starting this post and have ugly cried the entire time.  To make matters worse, I looked up the lyrics.  Stunningly amazing.  I honestly have no other words for it.

LISTEN/WATCH LeAnn Rimes performance on ‘The View’

READ the lyrics

You know I want the best for you
As you’ve always wanted for me
And though our eyes may look alike but
They don’t see the same thing
Hurt made a great divide
I added to the pain
My way to survive was shutting you out
Oh I was just a child, I no longer recognize
And now I’m seeing you
Maybe the first time

Mother
You did the best you could, the best you can
I know you did the best you could, the best you can
Do you know you did the best you could, the best you can
Forgive me now, oh I understand

They say we turn into our parents
I guess we know now what they mean
We might be made of broken pieces
But that’s not who we have to be
Your mother’s mother taught her only how to love
From an empty fearful broken place
Oh you were just child taught to shoulder the blame
But you’re a woman now
You can lift your face

‘Cause mother
You did the best you could, the best you can
I know you did the best you could, the best you can
Do you know you did the best you could, the best you can
Forgive me now, oh I understand

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