The role of mothers in our lives

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 8, 2014

As the old adage goes, “the hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world.” Maybe not literally, but figuratively speaking. Who wields more influence upon a child’s life than a mother? Our mothers are there to console, comfort, chastise, correct and guide. Life-lessons learned at the feet of our mothers never leave us. We pass them down to our children like treasured family heirlooms.

Motherhood is an extreme responsibility. From the birth of a child, it is usually the mother’s hand that nourishes, cares for, and molds that innocent new life into an important member of society. The values, morals, and beliefs we adults carry with us are usually seeds planted by the hands of our mothers

Even if the mother is not a stay-at-home mom, she often times still bears the responsibility of the children and the home. She cooks, she cleans, she worries, she cries, she laughs; she fills with pride, and sometimes sorrow. A mother’s heart is deep enough to love all her children equally, and still have love for others. She is an amazing creature indeed.

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Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11, is the one-day a year set aside to honor these amazing human beings. Be sure to take the time to honor your mother. Comfort her for a change. Warm her heart. Let her know you appreciate all her efforts in helping you to be the person you are today. Not that Dads don’t have something to do with it too, but then they have their own day in June.

Let Mom know just how much she is loved and appreciated. Make Mother’ Day a priority in your busy schedule. You may never know just how much it will mean to your mother.

If your mother has already passed from this life to the next, there are ways you can still honor her. Have a family dinner, cook her favorite foods, and exchange stories. Take a beautiful bouquet of flowers and have a chat.

So hats off to mothers everywhere, we salute you.


About Barbara Mizell

Barbara Mizell began working for the Picayune Item in 1993. She started during the "cut and paste" days of the newspaper, and was the first to create a newspaper page using the computer for the Item. She has served as Composing Supervisor and honorary Religion Editor. Of all the contributions she has made over her 20 years at the Item, she is most proud of the World War II book "The Greatest Generation." Barbara was born and raised in the White Sand Community on Lee Hill, she has also written many short stories about growing up on the hill.

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