Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Mother's Day is a day when we celebrate the women responsible for sculpting our lives and creating in us a newer, improved model. Whether you're a mother with children of your own, or you share your love with furry friends, to include fish (if you wish), women hold the world in their hands. And what a formitive world it is.
Societies all across the board have cherished women. A woman is the key to mankind. Her womb harbors the survival of humanity. There is no finer role in life than to take on the yoke of motherhood, in whichever form that may be.
To respond to this call of duty, many of us have put careers on hold in order to experience the joys of motherhood. And even more of us have gone to various lengths to have a child, oftentimes without happy result.
On the childhood front, in war-torn countries countless children are orphaned on a day to day basis. Death is common. Fear is prevelant. Like childless women desperate for a baby of their own, little ones yearn for someone willing to offer them the love they've been mortally denied.
I count myself lucky that my children were born Americans and have grown into healthy adults. Yet, I yearn for the days when they gathered at my feet or we sat together reading stories before bed. Though those were oftentimes loud and stressful moments, I cherish each one even more as the years pass by.
In light of those emotions, I've asked myself over and over again, what makes a woman successful? Is it the smile she puts on everyday for those she loves, even if she's got a fever or has been up all night long with a sick child? What about the hours she's put in to tidy her home and cook a great meal for her husband, often without a thank you?
Does a woman base her success on her career or the love of those around her when she's still trying to figure out who she is?
Life is a wonderful thing. Seasons come and go. People are born and die. In the interim, each and every one of us has had a mother. Many of us have been mothers. Nurturers have been given the chance to teach, sculpting the next generation. And yet, others will find motherhood or grandparenthood in the not so distant future.
Our experiences, the love we've shared with our families, have made us unique. What is the one thing you've learned from your mother that you want to pass along to the younger generation as you pass the baton?