Let’s celebrate the greatest spiritual teachers on the planet: moms!
Each week, Oprah sets an intention exclusively for Oprah Insiders, with musings on topics like letting go, forgiveness, becoming your own, and more. Come back to this page every day to get inspired by this week’s theme.: Celebrating mothers.
Hello Oprah Insiders!
Oprah: Hello, Oprah insiders! We all want to say…
Oprah, Gayle, Kirby: Happy Mother’s Day!
Oprah: Yes, as we sit here contemplating motherhood and the beauty it brings to millions of lives around the world. You know, I always say being a mother is the greatest spiritual teacher on Earth. Do you all agree?
gayle: I agree with that.
Kirby: Now I would.
Oprah: Now you will agree that it is. So I’m sitting here with my best friend forever Gayle King and my goddaughter Kirby.
gayle: My favorite girl Kirby.
Oprah: His favorite daughter, my favorite goddaughter.
gayle: Her first Mother’s Day!
Oprah: Her first mother’s day and I have to say it’s very important that you are now a mother and understand this whole process now. I’ve never seen anyone who was better mothered than you. Your mom, I’ve always said, did the most amazing job, and Gayle always says, “Well, everybody does that.”
gayle: That’s what I say, “Everyone feels like that.”
Oprah: Not everyone does. But I bet after you had Luca this past what, September 13th?
gayle: He is now 6 months old.
Oprah: You probably understood how your mother felt about you in a different way.
Kirby: Actually, I called mom and told her that once. And I feel like you were offended when I said, “Mom, I appreciate more deeply how much you love me.” And you were like, “What do you mean?”
gayle: Yeah, because I said you didn’t know how much I loved you before? I wouldn’t say offended, I was just surprised, because I said, “Didn’t you know that?”
Kirby: Yes. I knew it. But I think what I feel for Luca is, “Have you had that feeling for thirty-five years?”
gayle: Yes I have.
Kirby: It’s a whole new part of myself and love and when I look at it, I…
Kirby: …I literally melt. I’m so in love with him and it’s only been a few months.
Oprah: And knowing that someone felt that way for you…
Kirby: For thirty-five years!
Oprah: …for thirty-five years.
gayle: Yes. Can I just say this – it just keeps getting better.
Kirby: I can not imagine.
gayle: Most moms would agree with that, it just keeps getting better.
Oprah: Well that’s why I think mothers are the greatest teachers because you’re there to teach the toughest lessons and to always put your child’s well-being above your own and that’s what real mothers do and you always do the right thing for your child even if you are not sure what to do. to the right?
gayle: Yes, yes absolutely true. It’s so interesting how a little creature can come into your life, that you created together – you and Virgil created – but you would literally be ready to give your life.
gayle: Without any hesitation, you would literally give your life.
Kirby: I say that I never fell in love as quickly as with Luca.
gayle: So, how are you feeling for your first Mother’s Day?
Kirby: Oh, I’m just thrilled. I’m so excited, I mean I keep thinking that my whole life I’ve wanted nothing more than to be a mom.
Oprah: And you wanted that too.
Oprah: I never had this feeling.
gayle: Aunty O says she never had that feeling. But no, I did!
Oprah: And it’s also because of the way you were raised by your mother.
Kirby: Exactly. It’s because you provided a perfect role model for what a mother is, can be, and should be.
gayle: Thank you Kirby.
Kirby: It’s true. You made me want to be a mother because I saw what that relationship could be and I saw how amazing that bond could be. I mean, we are 35 and sixty…
gayle: Sixty seven. Have you forgotten my age?
Oprah: Sometimes you forget.
Kirby: Occasionally. And our relationship evolved, grew and developed. I like.
Oprah: I have to say that one of the big lessons I learned about mothering from Toni Morrison when she was on the show, and I saw it in you and also in Gayle – so Toni Morrison was on the show d ‘Oprah Winfrey years ago and she said that when she was a single mother, she realized that she was always very busy, and every time one of her sons came into the room, she said: pull up your pants, comb your hair, button it up and stop it, and then one day she realized that what children really want is for your eyes to light up…
gayle: When they enter the room.
Oprah: … when they enter the room
gayle: I never forgot it.
Oprah: And I have to say that always happens with you, no matter if we were on the phone, you hung up the phone and said, “Hi, Kirby Cakes, morning bear. Your eyes light up and oh my God. I mean, your eyes light up just looking at little Luca.
Kirby: They do.
gayle: My eyes light up too.
Kirby: My eyes, my mind my everything like everything.
Oprah: Do your eyes light up? But that’s what your kids are looking for, your eyes light up when they walk into the room.
gayle: Yeah, and part of the fun as well Oprah seeing Kirby become a mom I always thought she would be a great mom I always knew that, always believed that but seeing it in reality fills me up too of pride to know that I think you know that I kind of laid the groundwork for her to do whatever she’s going to do to be a mom and so far so good.
Oprah: So far, so good.
gayle: So far, so good.
Kirby: It’s only been a few months since I feel like I’m learning something new every day and I’m so grateful to be able to pick up the phone and call you guys. You are here and you are not only a part of my life, but you are so much a part of Luca’s life.
gayle: Shall we bring Luca? Luccaaa!
gayle: Is he coming here?
Oprah: Is Luca coming?
gayle: Tell them to bring it.
Oprah: A while ago Luca?
gayle: Yeah. Virgil brings him.
Oprah: To all of you who have done this kind of mothering where you sacrifice yourselves where you gave all you had, we send greetings of blessings to you on this particular day and those of you who have not had a children biologically but who are mother figures that we send the same for you because…
Kirby: Or Godmothers.
gayle: Yes Godmothers.
Oprah: Yes, let’s talk about the godmothers because that’s fine too.
gayle: Look at Lucas.
Oprah: Come in. He’s the boy of the hour.
Kirby: Hi Lucas.
gayle: He is my favorite son-in-law and my favorite grandson.
Oprah: And your favorite son-in-law. Awww.
gayle: Rotate it so people can see it. This is Yuca, Luca-lele, what a pretty baby.
Oprah: What a cute baby for your first Mother’s Day.
gayle: Oprah looks at her eyes.
Oprah: I know. We examine every part of him. You will do this every time. “Oprah looks at her eyes. Did you see him yawn? Did you see him touch his toes? Did you see, did you see, did you see?” Okay, we just want to wish each of you…
gayle: (to camera) Is it boring? We do not think so.
Oprah: …each of you who wore one of these, or helped guide one of them around the world, a very Happy Mother’s Day.
gayle: Luca now eats avocado.
Kirby: Happy Mother’s Day.
gayle: Happy Mother’s Day.
Oprah: And carrots, right?
Kirby: Yes, and beets.
Oprah: And beets, big problem. Big deal. Happy Mother’s Day to all.
Kirby: Happy Mother’s Day.
gayle: Look at Luca’s face.
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