It’s a joyous day for those whose mothers are still with them. It’s a mournful day, with heavy memories and broken hearts, for those whose mothers are no longer held by the mortal coil.
In 2007 on this day we wrote:
“On this Mother’s Day it is fitting to relive a bit of history. The young women of today are not only a product of their parents, they are also a product of their “village”. Yes, it does take a village. In Chelsea’s case her mother helped shape not only Chelsea’s life but the lives of all of us, especially the lives of women young and old.
As imperfect as opportunities for all Americans currently are, and the distance left to travel until the goal of equality is reached, Hillary helped get us a bit closer to a more perfect union. 2007 America is not the America of Hillary when she was in her 20s.
As a young woman Hillary recalls a situation that probably has not changed as much as we like to believe, “In high school, one of my smartest girlfriends dropped out of the accelerated courses because her boyfriend wasn’t in them. Another didn’t want to have her grades posted because she knew she would get higher marks than the boy she was dating. These girls had picked up the subtle and not-so-subtle cultural signals urging them to conform to sexist stereotypes, to diminish their own accomplishments in order not to outperform the boys around them.” (page 20, hardcover Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton)”
It took a long time to learn the lesson of independence, strength, and standing up for yourself amidst shouts to sit down.
Many lessons taught by mothers to their children are ones which our national governments need to learn and to put into practice. You know what those lessons are. Either your mother taught them to you or her spirit and memory guides you to them.
Happy Mother’s Day to all, especially the memory laden, on this joyous and mournful day.