Wishes from a Mother to her Son

This week, I’m in Colorado celebrating my son’s new status as a Master of Applied Mathematics. In observance of the occasion, we’re enjoying copious mouth-watering meals and burning off the accumulating calories with mountain hikes. In honor of his achievement, I took a cue from the famous American essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and wrote up a list of wishes to accompany him on his way.

My wish for you

Regular forays into art or nature,

A smile or touch on days when you’re low,

Blue skies after days of gloom,

Friends to share in the world’s riches,

Sunsets that carry you far from life’s pressures,

Courage to live with the unknown,

Books and ideas that feed your mind,

Hugs that cause all tension to melt,

Thunderstorms and rainbows to turn you from your labors,

Confidence to live with staunch adversity,

Music that moves your body and soul,

Patience to consider opposing perspectives,

Laughter to rattle your unsuspecting breath,

Clouds that turn your thoughts to wonder,

Waves to buoy your body and spirit,

Cicadas to sing you to sleep at night,

Acceptance of truths that are not your own,

Love to bathe every fiber of your being.

Your adoring maman

About Carol A. Seidl

Serial software entrepreneur, writer, translator, and mother of 3. Avid follower of French media, culture, history, and language. Lover of books, travel, history, art, cooking, fitness, and nature. Cultivating connections with francophiles and francophones.


  1. Lovely. Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Congratulations to the new Master and to his mom and dad. It’s a memorable tribute; I’m sure your son thinks so too. And Happy Mother’s Day to you!

  3. Beautifully expressed — and blessings that any wise person would value in his or her life.

  4. Congratulations to the new Master. (And in Math which is not an easy discipline) Congrats too to his family who no doubt helped him along the way.
    And, last but not least:
    Bonne Fête des mères chère amie…

  5. Wonderful rendition of this poem! Congratulations to your son (and to his parents)!

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