A Mother’s Love
entered her family home covered in dirt and bruises and her hair was plastered
to her scalp by sweat. Her sisters and mother looked up from their evening
meals. “I’m sorry that I’m late mother.” She looked longingly but tiredly at
the food and then down at her dirty hands.
dirty to sit at the table dear. Go take a shower. I’ll make you a plate and you
can eat when you’re clean.” Cadence said in a surprisingly accepting tone and
none of her sisters objected. Galatia offered her thanks and went off to take a
about twenty minutes later dressed in a nightshirt and slippers and a housecoat
to keep off the night chill. Her hair was blond once again and neatly combed
back. She came into the common dining area and found that she and her mother
were alone. The table had been cleared and the dishes were all in the
her to have a seat while she got up and pressed a few buttons on the microwave
and retrieved a glass of juice for her daughter. When the meal was hot she put
it down with the glass in front of Galatia and then sat down at the head of the
table. Galatia had chosen the seat that was next to the head.
had both refreshed her and taken the last bit of resistance from her, Galatia
was effectively sleep walking. “You seem excessively tired Galatia. Did you not
sleep well last night?”
that Cadence was leading her to something so she might as well just follow the
flow. “As a matter of fact mother, no I didn’t sleep well. In fact I hardly
slept at all and was awakened after only a few hours before Harmony was ready
to take us all shopping. Then we shopped for hours and came back only to begin
our training with Harmony… and let me tell you that woman could exhaust
anyone.” She was trying to eat and speak at the same time and her body was just
too tired to coordinate those two activities well. She had to keep stopping at
one to complete the other.
didn’t seem to mind. “I had heard that you were training with Harmony now.” She
didn’t sound angry.
want to come and help or something?” Galatia wasn’t sure if she had unknowingly
stepped on her mother’s toes.
come and watch you train in a few days when you can do more than lean on your
staffs after she runs you for an hour.” There was humor in her voice.
not angry?” Galatia had no idea why she had blurted that comment out. She must
be more tired that she had thought.
smiled. “No dear, why would I be angry? You have finally decided to take up
weapons. I couldn’t be happier. Harmony is a good choice for a teacher. Was she
asked her a couple of days ago if she would help us. We had all decided that it
was high time for us to start learning what everyone else already knew.” Despite the fact that she could barely keep
her eyes open she was managing to make a considerable dent in the food. “Zaria
didn’t know what she was asking at the time. But the grandmothers set us all
laughed lightly. Galatia couldn’t remember the last time that she had heard her
mother laugh. “I bet that they did. My mother is a strict woman. I hope that
you didn’t make her any promises that you will have trouble keeping.”
“No, I will
have no trouble keeping anything that I told her I would do.” She took the time
to chew this bite a little better. It had threatened to choke her. Cadence
waited for her to continue. “Don’t worry mom, I didn’t make any outrageous
promises.” Her plate was nearly empty and the yawns were getting harder to hold
tired dear. I’m sure that Harmony has plans for you girls tomorrow.” She
watched as her daughter finished the last of her food and began drinking her
juice. “I only have one question dear. I know that you broke up with Lance… so
who gave you that nice array of hickeys?”
spit her juice. She had been in such a hurry to shower and eat that she had
neglected to actually look at the bruises on her body and what they might look
like to others. There was probably no doubt that what her mother was looking at
looked exactly like what they were… hickeys. She and Xena had gotten a bit…
crazy the night before. She had no defense except youthful exuberance… that’s what Xena had said anyway. Xena had her
own hickeys but she didn’t have to explain them this time. “Well… I did break up
with Lance.” She began and found herself out of words.
“Let me help
you out dear. Zaria gave you the hickeys and I have to assume that you gave her
a few as well. Oh don’t look so surprised. I would have had to be blind not to
see the way that you two have suddenly become inseparable and the looks that
you were giving each other last night at the party weren’t exactly sisterly…
not to mention the kissing of the fingertips when you were talking to the
grandmothers… it all added up to one thing for me.” She concluded.
found it hard to look at her mother. “You’re not disappointed or angry are
“No not for
your relationship I’m not either of those things. But I would have liked to
have been the one that you had come to first.”
first before Harmony. “I’m sorry mother I…”
alright dear. I haven’t exactly given you any reason to confide in me. I hope
to change the way that you and I treat one another.” She seemed to be hurt
deeper than it had first appeared. “I am proud of you Galatia. I never could
understand why you gave up your weapons… maybe I never will. But you have
always been your own person and I should have respected that. You never wavered
despite the pressure that me and your sisters put onto you. You have showed me
a strength that makes all of us combined look like a willow switch. It may be a
little late Gal but you have my admiration now. I can only hope that it is
thought back on the face of her daughter Hope as she had walked up to her in
heaven. She had been apprehensive and uncertain… this was the look that Cadence
was wearing now. “Of course it’s enough mother. I love you no matter what and I
always knew that you would see me for who I am and be happy for that.” Somehow
Galatia had always known that.
women rose from their seats and hugged. It had been a long time since Galatia
had felt her mother hold her so completely and yet tenderly.
really that obvious at the party?” Galatia asked in her mother’s ear.
started laughing again. It was light and cheery like the sound of the wind in
that means, yes.” Galatia capitulated
and then had to laugh as well.