Mum’s Autographs

My mother wrote this in my autograph book when I was 8 years old:

mumswords1It says “Hitch your wagon to a star.”

A few years ago I asked her to write in my new book.  Here is what she wrote:mumswords2It says:

The kiss of the sun for pardon

The song of the birds for mirth

You are nearer God’s heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on Earth

(As ever, you can click on the photos to enlarge them.)

[Update: 26/02/14]

Here is the same verse written in my nanna’s autograph album:



Posted on February 17, 2014, in Autographs and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. I am jorous. 🙂
    It is not usual in Japan that family writes something each other.
    Unfortunately, I cannot read the cursive script, but it seems very nice.
    I think I will write a quote to my mother and my husband.


    • “Jorous”? Joyous?
      It is not that usual for families in Britain to do this either. I’m so glad it happened for me. I have typed the quotes out for you. Please let me know how your mother and husband react. My regards to them both. 😀


      • I take a basic mistake, sorry, I meant “jealous”. 😛
        It is really fortunate for you! I am still thinking about what I would write to them. 🙂
        I passed on your warmest regards to both of my mother and husband.
        They are very delighted to hear that. Thank you!


      • Oh, I see, I should have guessed, sorry. 🙂
        I think you should draw something too. I think you have some hidden artistic talent waiting to come out. Please let me know how you get on. 😀


      • Sorry, I should have say thank you for your taking time to type the quotes.
        Both beautiful quotes impressed me, just when I am feeling a little down.
        I deeply appreciate your posts. I got energy from your posts.


      • That’s no problem, I should have done it in the first place. I was just being lazy. 🙂
        I’m so glad you liked the quotes, and that they cheered you up a little.


  2. Beautiful quotes. The first when you were 8 — it most have been glorious to have your mum encourage you to reach for the heavens. The second — well — every gardener knows — one sits in the hand of God when one is in the garden. The verse was inspiring. 😀 Now I can’t wait for the snow to be gone so I can garden. (Although it is -4 degrees F so not much luck of that today).


    • That first quote is bittersweet for me, I’m sorry to say. My mother wasn’t particularly happy at that stage (for reasons I’d rather not go into here) and so it sounds more like a wish for an escape to me. I will try to reframe my view in the way that you put it. She is very proud of the things I have achieved, even though I don’t seem to have achieved very much in worldly terms.
      My mum isn’t much of a gardener but she loves being in them. I can’t wait to be out gardening again. I should have pruned the raspberries and redcurrants but I haven’t felt like being in the cold and wet for too long. Hopefully you and I will both be able to get out there again soon. 🙂


      • I totally understand what you have said about your mom. I have experienced the same with my mom. I actually thought of my mom as I read it — instead of saying reach for the stars — she would have said hitch your wagon. My mom is entirely grounded in the physical world. She would never be able to imagine that you could get to the stars without some physical means (the wagon).

        I applaud you for not achieving much in worldly terms. It has obviously freed you to be a spiritual loving creative being instead. 😀


      • 😀 Thank you, I really appreciate your words and your friendship.
        Stay safe.


  3. Dear Sarah,
    Thank you for visiting my blog today! I was thrilled that Sparkonit recommended me to new people as I’ve a wonderful time looking at others’ blogs. Yours is fascinating, I shall send your details onto my Irish friend and artist Catriona. Barbara


    • Thank you Barbara, that’s very kind. Yes, it was great to have access to all those new blogs recommended by Sparkonit. I always like to “meet” new bloggers. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  4. Your mother is so poetic. What a lovely legacy left behind for you and future generation. Make sure that you keep copies of this in electronic form.


    • My mum didn’t write the poem, by the way. I don’t know who wrote it originally I’m afraid.
      I will be passing the book on to my daughter. I wonder how many generations it will last for. 🙂


  5. Thanks for sharing.


  6. I remember hearing this poem a long time ago. Too true sentiment!


  7. Your Nanna’s lines, which seem original, and Your Mother having preserved them and sharing them with You, YOU sharing them in turn with us, all just Wonderful, more so because the thoughts presented are Impressive.


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