Ah Mother’s Day. The one day a year the country stops to say “Thanks, Mom!” by buying cards, flowers, brunches and jewelry. Don’t get me wrong, I had the best Mother’s Day ever and got all of that and much more. But it’s the fact that Mother’s Day has lost its meaning — a day for peace.
Arise then…women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
“We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”
Yes, we have breast cancer awareness events from walks to Major League Baseball sporting pink(even if some announcers still smirk about manly baseball men using pink bats), and each year we are reminded how much free work moms do every year. But the Monday morning after we all go back to ignoring the issues that would really make moms’ lives easier.
Moms Rising made a dent in this issue over the past few weeks with their viral “Mother of the Year” video. It’s not just a feel good video, but watch the scroll and it gives you amazing facts on moms including that moms make 73 cents to every man’s dollar. Poverty is mentioned, but the fact is that 84% of homeless families are headed by single moms. Virtual diaper drives are being held. Not to mention all of the mothers in poorer nations being exploited by supporters of non-ethically-sourced clothing.
What says we value Mom more?