May 10, 2013 by Vicki
Celebrating Mom is what Mother’s Day is all about. Mothers have one of the best and yet, hardest jobs in the world; raising children. Now Father’s play the same role, but May 12 is Mother’s day so we are focusing on Mothers. I watch the Mothers that I know, in amazement, as they sacrifice so much so that their children will succeed. A friend of mine has an autistic child. She spends every day working with her son to make sure his autism never becomes disability. Another mother I know, somehow, managed to put herself through college to become a Personal Support Worker while successfully looking after two children. Mothers accomplish the impossible as if it were an everyday occasion, and still always have time to give a hug or a shoulder to cry on.
In today’s world, a mother’s job has become even harder. When things like “cutting” and “Internet challenges” are regular parts of children’s lives; being a mother must be terrifying. Cutting is where kids will intentionally cut themselves in order to cope with emotions or other crisis in their lives. It becomes as addictive as a drug and can become a status symbol in public schools. Internet challenges challenge children to do stupid things and record it on the internet. One Internat challenge exist where kids use knives and quickly chop between their fingers while singing a song. You may remember the scene in the movie Aliens where the android, Bishop, does the knife challenge. Imagine a child doing the same thing. Another challenge exist where the child attempts to snort up a condom and pull it out of their mouths. I cannot imagine how I would handle either of the above scenarios and they are the reality for many of today’s mothers.
Personally, I have a fantastic relationship with my mom. She has always been my best friend as well as my mom. She is the person who I talk to about everything. I recognize, however, that sometimes that role is filled by someone else. I strongly believe that any one who takes a maternal role in a child or adult child’s life should be celebrated on Mother’s Day. Secondary mothers can be just as important and relevant to a child as their primary mother. Sometimes an aunt or a grandmother steps in to situations that the mother cannot handle. These realities need to be recognized and celebrated.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, my mom and I will be purchasing a pass to our local conservation areas. We share the cost because both of us are currently struggling financially and it is our present to each other. It is not just a pass; however, it is a promise to spend time together in a location we both enjoy. In the end, I think all mother’s want that from their children; a promise to always spend time together. How do you celebrate Mother’s Day and who do you celebrate? Let me know in the comments below.
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