Sunday, May 11, 2014 || Michael Romain
A few things to think about on Mothers Day
“So who mothers the mothers / who tend the hallways of mothers, / the spill of mothers, the smell of mothers, / who mend the eyes of mothers scared …” (Catherine Barnett, 1960).
“How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers’ names” (Alice Walker).
“Our mothers give us so many gifts. They give us the precious gift of life, of course, but they also leave treasured lessons that can guide us along our journeys even when they are no longer with us” (Maria Shriver).
“If there were no schools to take the children away part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers” (E.W. Howe).
“A recent report found that if women hadn’t flooded the workforce between the late 1970s and 2000s, economic output would be about 11 percent smaller. While women generally increased their hours during that time, mothers really gave it their all. The typical mom increased the number of hours she worked each year outside of the home by 150 percent between 1979 and 2000, and the share of mothers working full time, year round went from less than 30 percent to 46 percent by 2007. Yet today’s mothers spend more time on childcare than the mothers of 1965″ (Bryce Covert, The Nation magazine).
Happy Mothers Day to all mothers, but in particular mine–Deborah Donaldson (mother), Frances Harris, Marcia Lewis (grandmothers), Evelyn Colbert and Mrs. Murry (godmothers). VFP