First My Mother, Forever My Friend
When God created me He chose your womb to form me in And I finally know now, What He already knew then; That no matter what life would bring Or how difficult the strife You would shield me with the utmost care And protect me with your life. You are beautiful. You are brave. You have overcome the world; And even though I’m grown up now You'll always be my favorite girl. You’re my biggest fan, you always brag About how great I turned out. But the truth be told It’s really you who deserves all the clout. All the lessons taught, morals instilled And love you freely give. I would not be me, no not at all, If God’s wisdom hadn’t placed you here; As my personal guide, My first mentor to shape, to mold, to teach; You would guard the walls around my heart And repair any breach. You would run this race right by my side Be my coach and confidante & instill pride. You’re the one I call on when I don’t know what to say or do Your listening ear and sage advice always help me get through. Mommy I appreciate you now more than I ever have before Because as a mature adult, I understand things so much more. I understand the fact that it takes true love and unending sacrifice To be the kind of mother you are; one that really raised me right I understand the pride you feel when you call me your mini-me But most of all I understand the reason God chose YOU to be my Mommy. He knew before the start of time YOU were the perfect one to trust me with That’s why celebrate and praise the Lord for being truly infinite Because like I said, I finally know now, What the Sovereign Monarch of the Universe knew then. He knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I’d need YOU First as my Mother and Forever as my friend.
PLEASE NOTE: This is an edited and updated version of an original poem written and published in 2011 for Sherolyn Harmon, South Florida Times Editor Isheka N. Harrison’s mother.
Photos on page from left to right: Denise Athis and her daughter Jaina; Jessica and Jamar Myers are expecting their first child, Mason; and South Florida Times Editor Isheka Harrison (left) with her mother, Sherolyn Harmon.