Remember to hug your mom
Mother’s Day has passed and we all can be very thankful that we had a mother; it would be a rare individual on this planet who didn’t have one.
TIME magazine created quite a stir with the photo of the young mother nursing her rather large 3-year-old standing on a stool enjoying lunch. Breastfeeding has now entered the growing number of social issues that we seem to be facing in this election year.
I think women who can nurse their children certainly should do so, because not every mother can. From my experience in that field, while limited, I remember nursing could be painful and really difficult for working mothers who can’t spend months at home with their newborn.
The real social issue seems to be about working mothers versus stay-at-home moms. This controversy stemmed from some remarks about Mrs. Romney just being a mother of six boys and not working, but raising her family.
Anyone with six boys is overworked and she was fortunate to have a type A husband who went out and became successful and became a successful breadwinner. Maybe our next president?
Many women have to work and don’t have a choice in this tough economy; it takes a dual income to pay the bills. Kids have to fend for themselves and the older children have to take care of their little brothers and sisters while parents hold down jobs.
In today’s world, we have many divorced parents or single mothers. Kids do have mothers, some don’t have participating fathers. The cities are full of single mothers on welfare who have multiple children creating havoc with the welfare agencies, law enforcement and schools.
We have homes for crack cocaine babies that have been abandoned by their mothers who are drug addicts. If you dig into the social fabric of America, what you find is shocking for babies and children without loving, caring mothers.
Several years ago I attended the First Clinton World Forum in New York City hosted by President Clinton and Hillary along with 3,000 attendees about solving U.S. and world challenges.
Former President Clinton had Laura Bush, as the opening speaker, and a bevy of political people from both sides of the spectrum left politics at the door and worked with this group to find solutions for some pressing world problems.
At the conference’s end, President and Mrs. Clinton had raised $6 billion with much of that going to Africa to help refugees and starving and dying children.
I remember Mrs. Clinton speaking about how assisting mothers, not fathers in Africa, was the key. The mothers raising the children while the fathers were gone hunting, fighting, disappearing, drinking, whatever they do in Africa, but the mothers were the caregivers, the educators, the life givers of the child and the family.
The projects have moved forward and while I haven’t been to Africa to see the success, hopefully this concept has been partially successful in some areas.
The mission of assisting mothers is strong, not only in Africa, but here in the Untied States. We should be doing more for women of all ages both employed and at home. Helping women out of poverty is a major challenge for our nation.
This leads to another social issue: the high price of a college education and paying back the student loans. This is a huge challenge for students and the price and debts have become far too many and too much. Without scholarships and financial aid, many poor students cannot attend college leading to the controversial growing wealth gap in the United States. Certainly college graduates make more money in their lifetime.
If you have, or have had a loving, caring mother, give a thankful prayer today for your mom and give her a loving hug. I had a great mother, now deceased, but a great positive influence on my life. She was a schoolteacher and educator for 45 years working with students.
Bless mothers who indeed are the best teachers in our lives.