Mothers of the Misbegotten
The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
~William Goldsmith Brown
Sunday, May 9, is the day devoted to mothers. Two of whom are being honored here.
Lest you think the above quote by William Goldsmith Brown (who is neither revered, esteemed nor graced with a Wikipedia mention) or the impressionist painting by Henri Le Sidaner (who is most famously remembered in Proust’s A La Recherche du temps perdus as “highly distinguished” but “not great”) as second-rate works that are cloyingly trite and dismally vapid, executed by two paragons of mediocrity throughout the anals of literature and art, consider that each had a mother, who, I am willing to venture a guess, viewed them as creating the finest and most enduring of the world’s greatest masterpieces.
Table in Sunlight in the Garden, Henri Le Sidaner