Love’s Duty

As our children grew up, they heard Mom’s stories of teaching. Nightly at the dinner table, they along with my husband listened patiently while Mom told of her day at school. Sometimes, with rolled eyes, they would declare: “oh, not another one of Mom’s stories!” My turn came when our son was in law school and our daughter in nursing school. Now it was Mom’s turn to listen.


Love’s Duty

The first duty
of love is to
So I practice

each time
our nursing student
daughter had
a litany of complaints.

She learned from the
master of complaints.
I was a teacher who
had many stories

and complaints at the
dinner table.
Listening takes
patience. So too love.

Now they have left
the nest and lead
their own lives
but still find time

to phone and tell
us of their lives, their
hopes and dreams,
each time ending with

Ich liebe Dich or
I love you and
each time hoping for
the next time.


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12 Responses to Love’s Duty

  1. thesmilingtoucan says:

    ‘The first duty of love is to listen’. That is a beautiful quote. Thank you for sharing. 🌸🌺🌻

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    • Why thank you for such a lovely comment. The poem is from my book. I am a firm believer in listening to and respecting others – even those with whom I might disagree. I think we have lost that art today. So I hope others practice listening this next week. May you have a peaceful Independence Day. Thank you. 🙂

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      • thesmilingtoucan says:

        That is lovely to hear Mary! What is the title of your book? I would love to read more… I totally agree with what you say. As a Buddhist, I remember an apt story I was taught: a couple who were arguing went to a wise teacher to resolve their situation. The teacher smiled, looked at one person and said ‘You are right, but not correct’, and looked at the other and said ‘You are correct but not right!’ As you said, it is important to understand that there are two sides to every story, and to listen and understand each other.
        All the best, and take care,

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      • The title of my book is A Past Worth Telling and I would love a review from you if you have time. Under the section on this blog entitled “About” there should be links to the book on Amazon. I love that Buddhist teaching. If only people walked in each other’s shoes, there might be greater understanding in this world and more tolerance. Your kind comment is very insightful, Dilshan. Thanks, Mary Ann ^__^


  2. Arno Bode,cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann, eine wundervoll beschriebene Lebenserfahrung. Ein Sachverhalt den man bei Betrachtung des eigenen Lebens sehr gut nachvollziehen kann.Sehr schön mit viel Herz geschrieben. Bewundere Dich dafür..
    Dir und Deiner Familie alles Liebe und Gute,
    Dein Arno

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    • Your kind words humble me, Arno. Thank you for the insightful comment. July 4 we celebrate Independence Day which, of course, is just an American holiday. Do you have more trips outside Germany planned? How was the Netherlands? Regards to your family, Mary Ann 🙂


  3. Tom says:

    That’s a really sweet poem. Ich liebe Dich.

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  4. Annika Perry says:

    There is an art in listening and you’ve caught the gift brilliantly in this poem…to give all your attention, all your love! It’s always a delight to read your tales here, Mary Ann and a joy to view your lovely photos! 😀 Hoping you’re having a wonderful long weekend of celebrations! 😀🎉

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    • Your kind words are much appreciated across the pond. To fully listen and to understand the other person leads to greater understanding, tolerance and wisdom in life. I take a daily walk out in the gardens to listen and to learn. The birds have lovely songs today after much rain. Many of the photos reflect those walks. Enjoy your week, reading and writing. ^__^

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  5. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour ou Bonsoir MARYANN

    Un petit passage par chez toi est une joie , un vrai régal même

    Cela pour me dire que je vais bien

    Quand je vole de blogs en blogs

    J’en oublie mes soucis , c’est une vrai promenade

    Mais avant de partir prochainement en vacances

    Des vacances s’ils ont veux bien

    Je tenais à te saluer te souhaiter

    Tout ce qu’il y a de meilleurs pour toi ,profite bien

    De même pour ta petite famille

    Bisous Bernard à BIENTOT

    Un peu de fraicheur

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