This post by Wendy Romano originally appeared at www.mycentraljersey.com on May 7, 2013.
Sunday is Mother’s Day, a day where we’ve been officially paying
tribute to our mothers in the United States since 1914, almost 100
years. As we grew up, Mom was usually there to calm our fears,
encourage us, tend to our injuries, teach us fairness and
forgiveness, and provide for countless other needs that we took for
granted. Often we don’t gain a real appreciation of all our mothers
did for us until we become parents ourselves.
When I first saw the popular movie “A Christmas Story”, I was so
touched by the portrayal of Ralphie’s mom and what a stabilizing
force she was for the family. Just two examples were her playful
coaxing in getting Randy to eat his dinner and the firm, but gentle
way she calmed and comforted Ralphie after he got into a fight.
In this generation, moms work tirelessly to make sure their children
have good food, enjoy sports, music and other activities, and give
their kids whatever they can so they can pursue their dreams.
For me, it was my love of music. I don’t know how my mom
tolerated hours of my playing a variety of instruments (badly in
many cases), taking me to music lessons and orchestra
rehearsals, and having friends over for jam sessions. But after I left
home, she told me how much she missed all that music in the
Perhaps the gift that I treasure most was enrolling me in Sunday
school at an early age. The lessons I learned from studying the
Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes shared by Jesus, and the
Lord’s Prayer, or Our Father, were a rudder to guide me through
life. Even more valuable was seeing how practical these lessons
are as my mom lived them day by day. It illustrated the verse in
Proverbs, “Bring up a child in the way he should go: and when he
is old he will not depart from it.”
Studies have shown that a spiritual foundation helps adults reduce
stress, and enjoy better health with less need for medication. A
spiritual foundation for our children can help them handle the
pressure to perform well in school and other activities, can supply
a moral compass to resist the temptation to engage in unhealthy
activities, and help improve social relationships by teaching
compassion and forgiveness.
This special day is an opportunity to cherish and thank our moms
for the many ways in which they have comforted and cared for us.
Those of us who are mothers can reflect on the example we set and the precious opportunities we have to nurture our children’s
values, health and morals.