Saturday, 9 November 2013

Mother & Daughter

Comfortable Silence


I sit across from you and know you as daughter.
Silence comfortable and sincere fills the room
As the mantel clock marks out time
Tick Tock Tick Tock 

How many generations have sat in this comfortable silence
Mindful of each other and mantel clock
Tick Tock Tick Tock 

I hear the furnace start up and warmth fills a room I did not know as cold
Tick Tock Tick Tock

In my hands I hold the warmth of fragrant tea
Beautiful in the familiar china tea cup
Tick Tock Tick Tock

I know you in this moment of silent awareness as daughter
We are comfortable in our silent awareness of each
Mother & Daughter
Tick Tock Tick Tock
By Marjorie Snyder 2013

In conversation with a friend and reader of Grandparents & Grandchildren I asked if there was a topic she would like me to write about.  She opened her soul and shared her delight in her daughter.

A child of a child raised by other parents, connected to her through love and longing.  

Her words conveyed the importance of understanding how their biological connection and acceptance of each other, allowed them to be with each other without expectation, condemnation or need of words: they were present and spiritually open to each other.

They knew each other for who they are, mother & daughter and within this knowledge words were not necessary because the silence resounded with their love.

A silence punctuated with times of laughter.  Laughter joyous not for humour but for the sheer physical delight of laughing: the pleasure of being mother & daughter.

Rather than filling their present with regret of the past, by asking questions of why, and what: losing their now in catching up on a past they did not share, they embraced their now.   Their relaxed comfortable silence and joyous laughter affirmed their knowledge of each other as mother and daughter.  It moved them forward into a common future. 


In this way they became acquainted over a weekend of silence and laughter as Mother and Daughter.

Grandma Snyder

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