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The lessons of a Mother A mother is something that gives rise to or exercises protective care over something else Websters Universal College Dictionary 1997 A mother is not only the borer of a child but she is someone who takes care of someone else In the story The Night Santa Claus Came by Benjamin Capps Mama plays the perfect role of a mother The role that she fulfills is love Mama is described by her seven year old son as being ancient thirty-something Mama is a school teacher who teaches seventeen students of all different ages in the old schoolhouse in Anarene Texas Mama was the school sweeper as well and her son describes her as being rich with her one hundred dollars a month Mama had a way with words with her students She could look at a big boy and say I thought you were older and more responsible than that and he would start blushing and stammering explained her son Mama decided to teach her sons a lesson so she gave them each fifty cents around Christmas time and took them to the nickel and dime store so they could buy each other a Christmas present She reminded them Its better to give than to receive Roy the youngest of her three children immediately spent his fifty cents on himself On Christmas morning Roy was very upset that he did not have anything to give his mother for Christmas Mama decided to give him a nickel so he could buy her something On Christmas night Roy wanted to hang up his stockings so Santa Claus would come fill them with candy His brothers knowing that there was no Santa Claus and not wanting to cause any trouble for their mother told Roy that this was a bad idea The next morning the two boys woke up to a shrilling Roy who
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