"Why are you crying?" he asked his mom. "Because I'm a mother," she told
him. "I don't understand," he said. His mom just hugged him and said, "You
never will!"

Later the little boy asked his father why Mother seemed to cry for no
reason. "All mothers cry for no reason," was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why mothers cry.
So he finally put in a call to God and when God got on the phone the man
said, "God, why do mothers cry so easily?"
God said, "You see son, when I made mothers they had to be special. I made
their shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle
enough to give comfort. I gave them an inner strength to endure childbirth
and the rejection that many times come from their children. I gave them a
hardiness that allows them to keep going when everyone else gives up, and
to take care of their families through sickness and fatigue without
complaint. I gave them the sensitivity to love their children under all
circumstances, even when their child has hurt them very badly. This same
sensitivity helps them to make a child's owee feel better and helps them
share a teenager's anxieties and fears."

"I gave them a tear to shed. It's theirs exclusively to use whenever it's
needed. It's their only weakness. It's a tear for all mankind."