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On Mother’s Day, we honor those dedicated women who helped us to become thoughtful and responsible adults.
Humans are the only animals who have to be shaped, formed, trained - and retrained - for years before we become functional.
We’ve seen for ourselves what happens when certain steps get missed.
For those of you raised by a Midwestern mom, you already know that “Excuse me,” “Please,” and “Thank you” are the trifecta of parental instruction.
Because of moms, we have all the tools we need to navigate this current crisis.
It shouldn’t take the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to teach us about the benefits of cleanliness. Our moms taught us to wash our hands as soon as we learned how to use the bathroom.
Your mom’s rejoinder that “We all have to do things we don’t wanna do,” probably should be carved on Mount Rushmore, because it’s true.
What goes around ...
Wearing face masks, staying home and social distancing are all unpleasant and sacrificial actions we don’t want to undertake, but we do so to protect others.
The essence of motherhood is defined by the act of putting others first, which is why she’ll be OK if you can’t visit her today.
Our moms taught us that when in doubt, do the right thing. Why? Because her mom was right: “What goes around, comes around.”
Your mee-maw knew that at some point in life, everything we send out into the universe takes a U-turn.
A glass of water
When we share our goods, our talents and gifts like our moms taught us to, we’re rewarded in ways we can’t always imagine.
We’re seeing in real-time what happens when people are generous, gracious and unselfish - and when they are not.
Your mom also was right when she taught you to treat others as you wish to be treated, because, as my grandma used to say, “You never know who’ll have to hand you a glass of water before you leave this earth.”
It can be easy to forget our moms’ lessons about patience, but it’s something we need to remember now, more than ever. The actress-singer Julie Andrews recalled that her mother always reminded her that, “Everything has a beginning, a middle and an end.”
When we finally do reach the other side of this pandemic, we will be better, stronger, more thoughtful people by virtue of this experience.
We’re being led through it all, in large part, by moms. Consider how many will spend this day on the front lines of this current crisis; women who have left their own families to serve others.
Consider how many are no longer with us.
Moms are the reason the world is as good as it is.
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