by Lillian Csernica on May 11, 2014
Happy Mother’s Day! To all women involved in some aspect of raising the next generation, let me say I salute you and I commend you for your efforts. Our children are the hope of the future. Everybody who fights for education, for good nutrition, for safe and sane home environments, for love and kindness and the Golden Rule, you’re all fighting for the future.
Some of you don’t get paid enough. Many of you don’t get paid at all. Yet you continue to invest your time, your training, and the blood, sweat and tears that go into raising children. For every child who learns to love books, for every special needs child who masters a skill that had been an ongoing struggle, for every parent who needs answers and comes to you, for every fellow soldier in the fight who needs support and encouragement, you have been there.
God bless every single one of you.
Mothers. Stepmothers. Adoptive mothers. Foster mothers. Grandmothers. Nuns. Teachers. Nurses. Caseworkers. Daycare workers. One to one aides. Home care providers. Respite workers. Red Cross workers. Doctors Without Borders. MFTs. LCSWs. Female law enforcement officers. Female soldiers. I also recognize the male counterparts of all these roles. Nothing says a man can’t be a good mother too. I’ve seen it, and I respect that.
Yes, budgets keep getting cut. Yes, there aren’t enough hours in the day. Yes, some days it’s all just too much to bear. And yet today becomes tomorrow and you’re still there, still fighting the good fight, still showing the children under your care that you ARE there, and you will CONTINUE to be there for as long as you possibly can. You may be the candle that is lit against the cursing of the darkness. You may be that one person that one child remembers for the rest of his or her life. You may be the one who made the difference on that one particular day when things could have gone one way or the other. That day may yet be coming, and you will be there.
Keep those lights burning. Show the children the way to the future. Help them learn whatever you can teach them that will help them build a better future. For all the times that people should have said thank you and didn’t, or should say thank you and don’t, please accept this, my THANK YOU. Know that you are valued, that you are appreciated, that we could not do this without you.