There are few things every member of humankind shares. Mothers are one of them.
Motherhood transcends social and political systems. It is a qualitative thing that exists everywhere. And without a doubt it is one of the most important influences on a society.
No, it doesn’t take a village to raise a child. Because raising a child is more than imparting rote curricula or ensuring Pavlovian responses to social queries. Raising a child is an overly simplistic description of a process that results in good, productive men and women who can navigate society successfully.
The power of this, and the role of mothers in it, is exemplified in the history of Mother’s Day itself. 1908 was the first year America celebrated it. Three years before Anna Jarvis had begun memorializing Ann, her beloved mom. Ann Jarvis cared for the wounded without regard to which side they belonged to during the Civil War. Later, she promoted “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” which served to alleviate public health issues – before dozens of government agencies were created to address issues, philanthropic institutions like these were what Americans turned to for help.
Isn’t that what makes moms and their role so amazing – that they give of themselves to make things better for ourselves. As crazy as things often seem to be, we have it pretty good in our country. It’s not that way by accident.
So, take a moment this Mother’s Day to reflect and thank your mother for her part in making us who we are.