Mother’s Day Reminder: It Does Us Good to Honor Mom
I am writing this post two days before Mother’s Day. In its present form, Mother’s Day received national recognition on May 9, 1914. On that day, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother’s Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war. Today, however, this holiday recognizes mothers and motherhood, in general.
Most children owe a lot to their mother. I know that’s true for me. My father and mother separated before I was a teen, and afterward my father moved 700 hundred miles away, never to return. Before he died, he visited my hometown a couple of times for funerals, but I did not so much as recognize him when I passed him by. My mother never married again. She raised all eight of us, and she was both mom and dad to her children. Perhaps your feelings about your mother are not as fond, or maybe they are even fonder. I am sure that for some of you, thinking on your mother causes feelings of rage and hurt for justifiable reasons.
One thing that disturbs me is the amount of disrespect some children today show toward their parents. Sometimes in public, it’s hard to tell who the parent is and who the child is, if you went strictly by how one talks to the other. This is so different from the days of my youth when even our adult neighbors could discipline us when we got out of order and our parents were not present. Many of the adults today are afraid to confront the teens and young adults of this generation.Continued on the next page