Recognizing Special Women

By Carol Tobias, President

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” —George Washington

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” —Abraham Lincoln

From the beginning of time, mothers have held a special place in our hearts. Mothers love us and take care of us; they nurture us and teach us right from wrong. Mothers give us advice and counsel; they encourage us and push us to pursue our dreams.

Hopefully, we love and appreciate our mothers every day of the year but the second Sunday in May is set aside as that day to pay special tribute to these women who did so much for us and who gave so much of themselves to help us grow.

For those of us active in the right-to-life movement, we recognize that there are different kinds of mothers. Many gave birth to their children and raised them, or are raising them, to adulthood. Some mothers were unable or unwilling to take on the responsibility of raising a child and selflessly gave up their child through adoption, allowing someone else the opportunity to be a mother, to love and raise the child.

In the midst of all the special attention rightfully given to mothers on Mother’s Day, we also acknowledge those women who at some time in their lives tragically chose abortion. For many, Mother’s Day is a day of intense sadness and deep regret. We pray for them and renew our efforts to help those hurting from that irreversible decision.

Then there are the women who may have been “like a mother” to you. It may be a grandmother, big sister, or aunt who stepped in when your mother couldn’t. It may be a neighbor or special lady from church, or maybe a teacher, that helped to guide you and support you along the way.

We honor and thank all the women who have played a part in loving children; for molding them into the persons they are today. Almost 70 years ago, country artist Eddy Arnold made famous a song that paid special tribute to mothers for all they do.

M-O-T-H-E-R

M is for the million things she gave me

O means only that she’s growing old

T is for the tears she shed to save me

H is for her heart of purest gold

E is for her eyes with love-light shining

R means right and right she’ll always be

Put them all together they spell mother

A word that means the world to me

M is for the mercy she possesses

O means that I owe her all I own

T is for her tender sweet caresses

H is for her hands that made a home

E means everything she’s done to help me

R means real and regular you see

Put them all together they spell mother

A word that means the world to me

Motherhood is an amazing vocation with a lasting impact for many years to come. As 19th century poet Robert Browning summarized it, “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”

Happy Mother’s Day!