Travel back with me and artists Bigg Robb and Shirley Murdock to those Sunday mornings when we all were children.
Go back with us to those Sunday mornings where the sun rose to the sounds of pots and pans in the kitchen and the smells of pork , grits, and hot bread filling the house. Often you could hear Mom humming a church hymn or spiritual as she made culinary miracles in the small kitchen.
Yes, let’s go back and savor the nostalgic richness of Mom in the kitchen preparing a fresh hot homemade home cooked breakfast for the family before ushering them all off to church.
Your best shoes were polished, your church clothes lay in waiting – washed, pressed, hung up by Mom. If you didn’t get the “Saturday night bath” she’d be up to get in on the “Sunday morning bath”. Before breakfast.
And her inspection would put even the most detailed Marine drill sergeant to shame. Ears, hair, teeth, breath, shoes, dress, socks, eyes, belt, tie, deodorant. Fail at anyone and she was going to correct it herself. A southern Baptist Mom about to be held up from church because someone didn’t clean their ears was an ear doctor’s dream. She’d dig in that ear and pull the eardrum out. Didn’t comb your hair – oh well she’d give you a relaxer job with just the comb – no chemicals – a neck doctor’s dream.
Now you can eat.
And it was all out of love.
I can’t speak for other ethnic households, but I can tell you if you were a child in a Black southern Baptist household on Sundays two things were as certain and as consistent as taxes and death. Those two things were a hot well-rounded breakfast and church.
R&B artists Bigg Robb and Shirley Murdock collaborated on the project “Mama’s Song” that has heavy spiritual and hymn overtones. At best – it’s a salute to Mothers globally that not only make Sunday mornings special – but life on this planet worthwhile.
Happy Sunday Moms! Enjoy!