And to all….a very happy mother’s day. Although, to be honest, I feel everyday should be mother’s day — by that I mean, it shouldn’t be only one day where our children show their love and respect, it should be everyday.
I came across some articles I would like to share , and I hope you enjoy.
What my mom taught me about being a working mother
Whenever there’s a tedious new eruption of the so-called Mommy Wars (watch out, Ann Romney), I summon up an indelible image of my mother from when I was around 11. She was heading out, dressed in a form-fitting black coat with a mustard-coloured little hat perched on her head.
In the midst of a difficult marriage that would eventually end in divorce, she was off to a momentous job interview. She landed the job – as an executive assistant at a scholarship trust foundation. And for more than two decades, her work shaped and sustained her.
She taught me valuable lessons about the role of work in a woman’s life: I learned that work can be a solace, a refuge, a turning point. It can boost your mental health, give you pride and self-sufficiency, and make you feel necessary in the wider world. And yes, it can rescue you when your marriage goes belly up.
We don’t hear much about the sustaining value of work itself in the trivial furor over whether “good” mothers should work outside the home when their children are young. Of course, I know that being a mother IS work, and argued as such in my book Family Matters.
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My Mother: The Ultimate Fearless Role Model
by Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post
The first experience of fear I remember was a particularly strange one. I was 9 years old. Over dinner one night, my mother started telling my younger sister, Agapi, and me about the time during the Greek civil war, in the 1940s, when she fled to the mountains with two Jewish girls. As part of the Greek Red Cross, she was taking care of wounded soldiers and hiding the girls.
She described the night when German soldiers arrived at their cabin and started to shoot, threatening to kill everyone if the group did not surrender the Jews the Germans suspected (rightly) they were hiding. My mother, who spoke fluent German, stood up and told them categorically to put down their guns, that there were no Jews in their midst. And then she watched the German soldiers lower their guns and walk away. And just hearing it, I remember the fear rising inside me, not just fear for my mother and the danger she faced but fear for myself. How would I ever live up to this standard of fearlessness?
My mother did not let financial concerns stop her from leaving my father when I was 11-years-old. For my father, as for many Greek men of his generation, there was nothing wrong with extramarital affairs. “I don’t want you to interfere with my private life,” I remember him telling my mother when she complained. His marriage was part of his public life, his affairs part of his private life. But that was not okay for her, and even though she had no job and no obvious way to earn money, she took her two children and left, trusting that somehow she would make ends meet. And, somehow, she did.
by BARBARA HOFFMAN, New York Post
Who would have guessed there were so many Wonder Women out there? Not to mention an army of Beyoncés, multiple Michelle Obamas and a batch of Sandra Bullocks.
At least, that’s how The Post’s young readers see their moms. For this year’s Mother’s Day contest, we challenged them to compare the leading women in their lives to a star, superhero or historical figure. More than 200 kids responded with heartfelt comparisons, though a few insisted their mothers were like no one else. Still others proved that love is blind, seeing the essence beyond age and gender, seeing their moms as George Washington . . . and the Incredible Hulk.
In a field this wide and wonderful, it was hard to pick just three winners. Congratulations to Louise Cruz, Marco Vucovic and Nigel Walker, who won their heroines a massage and facial at the Oasis Day Spa. Let their letters and these honorable mentions inspire you to make your mom feel like a star tomorrow — Mother’s Day — and every day.
I think my mom, April Bond, is Wonder Woman because she is a single mom who takes care of me and my 18-month-old sister, and she works her butt off to take care of us. She always finds ways to keep us together no matter what. I know it’s not easy for her, but she loves us. My mom is Wonder Woman and I love her dearly.
–Nigel Walker, 10, Brooklyn winner with mom
Just don’t get her mad!
If my mom was a superhero, she would be the Hulk, because sometimes she gets mad and turns super strong. But like the regular Bruce Banner, she’s smart and mild-tempered. Sometimes she tells us why she’s mad, then my brothers and me try to fix the problem. A mom’s work is very exasperating.
–Darshan Singh, 11, Queens
Leader of the pack
The historical figure most like my mother has got to be George Washington. He waged war, she wages a battle to get us to eat a healthy dinner (there really isn’t much of a difference). Washington oversaw an army; my mother oversees four teen/preteen kids and a troop of their friends. Washington helped midwife a country; my mother gave birth to four kids in four years, all over 9 pounds. However, the thing that makes my mother most like George Washington is the fact that both Washington and my mother are known for fighting to keep the home front safe. Come hell, high water or middle school, I have never felt insecure at home, and that is thanks to my mother.
–Eden Hirtzel, 16, Lititz, Pa.
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