MomRogerArizonaListen. Pete Seeger is singing a song for Mom’s Birthday that’s bigger than all of us. Starts out—“ Come and take a walk with me, thru this green and growing land”

Mom at any age is listening, She hears Seeger sing Phil Ochs’ lyrics,
“Here is a land full of power and glory”
Beauty that words cannot recall”

Mom at this moment resounding with the grace of sunlight
As the calls and texts and shouts of joy from friends, relatives, children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren (Hello Luna and James!) come rushing in from around the world.

And the song sets a course, “Walk through the meadows and the mountains and the sand.
Walk through the valleys and the rivers and the plains
Walk through the sun and walk through the rain.”

Then into memory. From radio station WFMT. Broadcasting from Chicago. Through an eternal News Years Eve. Staying up late with Mom and listening to “The Midnight Special.” Where the lyric goes,

“Yet she’s only as rich as the poorest of her poor
Only as free as the padlocked prison door
Only as strong as our love for this land
Only as tall as we stand”

Mom all those years ago took her kids to all the different churches and temples, so each of us could find our own way.
Each of us finding something larger than ourselves.

From Mom across time
Comes a song of wisdom and a sunbeam of love.

“Here is a song full of power and glory
Beauty that words cannot recall!”

A Song for Mom at 90!

12 Responses to “MOM AT 90”

  1. Paul Haider Says:

    Happy Birthday to Aunt Barbara at the age of ninety. Pete Seeger lived long into his nineties also and would be proud of the compassionate and progressive work accomplished by Dr. Barbara Wright in the great state of New Jersey.

  2. Tom Dickinson Says:

    Mom loves every word, Roger! What a beautiful, perfect tribute, from the heart…thanks for sharing!


  3. toritto Says:

    Happy birthday to you mom! Sounds like the kind of woman I would have had a crush on 60 years ago!


    Best regards from Florida.

  4. chicagoguy14 Says:

    I think you are right!

  5. Tom Cordle Says:

    Congratulations to your Mom, and to you for being born to someone so loving and caring. In the continuing saga of you and I being twin sons of different mothers, your Mom sounds a lot like mine. My mom turned 94 in January, and she’s still sharp as a tack mentally, and she is still working at her art. Indeed, she illustrated her first book at 93.

  6. Lisa Honecker Says:

    Happy Birthday Barbara Wright. Thank you for moving to Bernardsville when I was 12. You were a brave soul bringing 4 middlelers middle school girls to NYC to see the Canadian Ballet Of Tommy by The Who. I turned 60 this year and I finally know Who I am. Hugs.

  7. Nikki Stern Says:

    Lord I love how you write, Mr. Wright.

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