These are the lyrics to a Mother’s Day tribute that Jimmy Dean recorded years ago. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and that you’ll give thanks for your Mom today.
I.O.U. For Mom
Sweet lady, I.O.U. for so many things
I.O.U. for services like night watchman for instance
Lying awake nights listening for coughs and cries and creaking
floorboards and me coming in too late
You had the eye of an eagle and the roar of a lion
But you always had a heart as big as a house
I.O.U. for services like short order cook, chef, and baker
For making sirloin out of hamburger and turkey out of tuna fish
and one strapping boy out of leftovers
I.O.U. for cleaning services
The daily scrubbing of face and ears….all work done by hand
And for the frequent dusting of a small boy’s pants to try to make sure that he led a spotless life
And for washing and ironing that no laundry could ever do
For drying the tears of childhood
And ironing out the problems of growing up
I.O.U. for services as a bodyguard
For protecting me from the terrors of thunderstorms and nightmares
And too many green apples
And Lord knows, I.O.U. for medical attention
For nursing me through measles, mumps, bruises, bumps, splinters and spring fever.
Oh-oh, let’s not forget medical advice….important things like;
“If you keep on scratching that, it’ll never get well” or
“If you cross your eyes, they’re gonna stick like that“.
And probably the most important advice of all,
“Boy, you be sure you have on clean underwear in case you’re in an accident”.
And I.O.U. for veterinarian services
For feeding every lost dog that I dragged home at the end of the rope
And for healing the pains of puppy love
And I.O.U. for entertainment
Entertainment that kept the household going through rough times
And for wonderful productions at Christmas, the 4th of July and birthdays
And for making make-believe come true
And you did it all on such a limited budget
I.O.U. for construction work…for building kites and confidence, hopes and dreams and somehow you made them all touch the sky
And for cementing together a family so it would stand the worst kind of shocks and blows
And for laying down a good strong foundation to build a life on
I.O.U. for carrier charges
For carrying me on your books for the necessities of life that a growing boy just has to have
Things like a pair of high top boots with a pocket on the side for a jack-knife
And one thing, Mom, I’ll never forget
When there were two pieces of pie and three hungry people you were always the one who’d say “I’m not really that hungry anymore”
These are just a few of the things for which payment is long overdue
The person that I owe them to worked hard and she worked cheap
She managed by simply doing without a whole lot of things that she needed herself
My I.O.U’s add up to more than I could ever hope to repay
But you know the nicest thing about it all?
She would mark the entire bill ‘Paid In Full’ for just one kiss and four little words….Mom, I Love You!