Editorials

Thanks to the moms who carry us figuratively, literally

Jimmy Connors and his mother, Gloria Connors, who was also his coach, confer in 1975 during a tennis tournament in Las Vegas. Jimmy Connors credits his mother for the support that made him No. 1 in the world.
Jimmy Connors and his mother, Gloria Connors, who was also his coach, confer in 1975 during a tennis tournament in Las Vegas. Jimmy Connors credits his mother for the support that made him No. 1 in the world. The Associated Press

For many, the three scariest words you could hear growing up were: “I’m telling mom.” Oh no! Run, beg, plead, but don’t tell mom.

Then and now, mom might be the judge, jury, disciplinarian, nurse, chauffeur, counselor, advocate, teacher and comforter. Historically, moms bore more than the children and have often been disproportionately responsible for child rearing.

You might go crying to mom before dad. You might confide in mom in hopes of a more sympathetic ear. While many family stereotypes are out the window in 2017, we all know where our lives began and who cared unconditionally: mom.

No matter what you did or didn’t do, she was there for you.

Even as adults, we seek out a little nurturing and a little mothering now and then. Many moms are very maternal, and are magnets to be surrogate mothers for those who either no longer have moms or who have moms that can’t or won’t fill the need. Siblings, friends, neighbors and even spouses might seek out a little nurturing and mothering from a surrogate. Sometimes they just need an emotional band aid, or words of advice, or just a little empathy.

This Mother’s Day, make time to thank your mom or remember her if she’s no longer with us. But let’s also be thankful for all the stepmoms, grandmothers, wives and surrogate moms who love and care for those who need mothering.

And to our moms, in all their forms, happy Mothers Day.

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