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May 12, 2013

OUR VIEW: Mothers the greatest gift of all

Our mothers help guide us through the world around us, helping us sidestep disaster if at all possible. She holds our hand as we become the person we were meant to be. She knew us from the beginning, and if she had it her way, she’d know us to the very end.

Our protectors, our teachers, our saving grace, mothers pour their whole hearts into our lives. They cheer when we win and cry when we lose. Our joy fuels her smile. Our pain shatters her heart.

Being a mother has never been an easy job. And today, one could easily argue it’s harder than it’s ever been before. Often a financial necessity in these tough economic times, the majority of mothers work outside the home. But as we all know, that doesn’t mean they don’t still bear the brunt of the home’s burdens. Having a full-time job doesn’t mean children require less work and less time. No, it means mothers have to figure out how to do it all. Every single day. Raising children is a never-ending job. It’s not one where you get weekends off and retire after 18 years.

Now more than ever, being a mother far exceeds the four walls of the family home. And raising children in this chaotic world has created even more hardship for mothers. As unspeakable acts of violence and displays of inhumanity play out with more and more regularity, mothers have the added burden of navigating young minds through a world that just doesn’t make sense.

Being tasked with protecting a child from the world we live in can oftentimes seem a losing battle. But it’s one our mothers approach with dignity and honor.

And this Mother’s Day, we’d like you to think about yourself. Yes, you read that right. We want you to think about you on Mother’s Day. We want you to think about how you can make this crazy world we call home a better place.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. That’s as true today as ever. We want you to think about how you can play a positive role in the village that has so much influence over our children. Think about the influence you can have in that village and the effect it could have on a child’s life.

Think about what it means to be an active member of your community, whether it’s volunteering at a local school or simply picking up a piece of stray trash on the sidewalk. Children learn from the whole village, not just their mothers. We want you to be a good example for children to follow. Single-handedly or collectively, we can make a difference in the world, no matter how insignificant it can seem at the time.

What could be a greater gift for a mother on Mother’s Day than a brighter world for her children?

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