Gabrielle's Journal Series: Mothers
Disclaimer: Same as before! I do not own them, you know who does. It is Alt! This is number five in the Journal Series. Do not know how many more I have in me. We shall see. Deb! Love Ya! Thank you to my beta team: Becky Lovall, Sam Ruskin, and LJ Maas. Thank you to the Ex-Guards! You all are wonderful! -Poem by Gwen Harvey
This has been the first time in a week Ive had a chance to write to you. A
messenger found Xena and I, just outside Athens. We were there to meet Hercules
and Iolaus for a festival. Cyrene took ill and they didnt know if she would
make it. After we said fast goodbyes to our friends, we rode like Tartarus to
get to Amphipolis. Poor Argo, she was panting hard by the time we got there.
Xena would only stop for short rests, so I gave Cyrene's stable hand strict
instructions on how to baby Argo; plus, I rewarded her with a few extra apples
for having to put up with a moody owner and my extra weight.
look on Xena's face, when that messenger found us and gave us the news, is still
with me. She turned pale and those baby blues that I have grown fond of, filled
with worry. In a flash, we were on our way, quiet and deep in thought.
has become more of a mother to me than my own. She has loved and accepted me
from day one, treated me with love and respect. I love her with all my heart.
Its a nice feeling to have some kind of parental love. It moved me to tears
when she told me to call her mom; that I was a daughter to her, also.
I was growing up, I learned to be a good little girl and do what I was told.
Then, when I was a grown woman, my husband would take care of me. Dare to dream.
I couldnt really blame my mother; she learned the same crap by her mother.
Women were to be seen, not heard. They got a reality check when I was born.
and I spent time talking about Xena, my family, and the future. She made me
realize that I need to simply love my mother for who she is and stop trying to
change her. I also learned some cute stories about a young Xena. She got into
some interesting trouble as a child. I will need to tell our kids about the time
their mother had a run in with a very angry rooster, and lost.
also learned of the dark times. Lyceus and Xena were two of a kind. Wherever
Xena went, Lyceus was not far behind. When he was lost, so was Xena. Cyrene
still has guilt over how she treated Xena. She always said that if only she
would have stuck by Xena, her daughter would never have gone through what she
did. As I have learned, we cannot live by what ifs. It only makes things worse.
She thanked me for bringing the real Xena back to her. I sat back and watched
them slowly heal old wounds, and become mother and daughter once more.
we arrived in Amphipolis, Toris was outside to greet us. He told us that mom
caught the fever, has been unconscious for the past couple days, and the Healer
is worried. The Healer said, women Cyrenes age dont fare well with this
kind of illness. He doesnt know who this woman is or whose mother she is.
Cyrene will make it, if only out of sheer stubbornness.
wife is very worried. She hasnt left her mothers side since we arrived.
Xena is so tender with her mother. Every half a candle mark we try to get some
water down her, along with the fever medicine. Xena takes a cool cloth to her
mother, trying to bring her temperature down. I have to admit that when I first
saw her, I had to go out of the room to cry. I must be strong for Xena.
forced Xena to rest. We took shifts, Toris, Xena and I. Cyrene was sweating and
shaking, and floating in and out of consciousness. The thing that is the most
painful to watch, and brings us all to tears, is moms cries. She yells out
for her lost son, when she calls for Lyceus. I thought for sure that would do my
wife in. Then, she called for her daughter that she thought she lost. That did
us all in. I held onto Xena while she held her mother and we all cried.
all that man could do, is stand back and let his tears fall in silence.
night I came to Cyrene's room to force my stubborn warrior to rest and stopped
at the sound of Xena singing. I watched through the cracked door as she rocked
her mother and sang, with her eyes full of tears. Gods, it broke my heart. Then
she started to talk to her mama. Asking her mothers forgiveness for all she
had done; for not being the daughter Cyrene needed, and then she just sobbed. I
lost it and ran in the room when she sobbed, "Mama, please don't leave me." I grabbed hold of her and
held her so tight. My sweet warrior, your mama will make it. I chanted
repeatedly, until she calmed down. I helped her to the little cot in the room so
she could rest.
a couple of very hard days, we were blessed with a beautiful sight. I saw the
woman who gave my wife those blue eyes wake up. Her fever broke and it was a
most joyous time for all. She was showered with hugs and kisses.
know where Xena gets her stubbornness. Can you believe that woman wanted to get
up and take care of the tavern? It took all three of us, threatening her, to get
her to rest. I even told her if she got up, I would have Xena cook for the
customers, which earned me a playful slap on the butt, and a growl from a very
was wonderful to see Xena and her...our,
mother bond. All children need to have their mothers love. We crave it. While
Xena and Toris get to be a family I have time to come here and write. I find
myself missing my own mother. Wishing we could be close one day. I also find
myself saying thank you, to whoever is listening, for my second mother.
my second mother:
want you to know that you've made such a difference in my life with your warmth
and kindness. You
have taken me into your house, into your arms, and into your life, with a smile
and total acceptance.
Thank you for your friendship and all the times when you listened and
you for loving me as if I were your own.
Please know how much I love you and how much you really mean to me.
I love you, Cyrene. My second mom.
will finish this entry later. I have the need to write my mother and to hug my
second one. Be back later.
again. As we thought, Cyrene got up the next day and went to work. Xena gets her
healing skills from her mom. That woman got up as if she was never ill. Gods, I
hope I have that strength at her age. The tavern and customers missed her
greatly. She was back in old form. Xena and I will stay a bit longer. I want
mother and daughter to have more time to bond. I want them all to feel like a
family once more. It is sad how we do not learn to value a person until we come
close to losing them. We must all take time out and say I love you. It is too
late when they are gone.
messenger I sent brought back a letter from home. Mother and Lila are coming to
visit and help Cyrene out. Surprise was written on my face. Wonder what she had
to do to get father to let her come. It will be nice to have time to bond with
my mother. It will also be nice to have both my mothers get to know one another.
To be a family.