International Women’s Day

Mothers are essential to the continuation of the species on this planet.  Yes, men are important in that equation too.  Yet, at this time, it is a woman who carries the baby inside her womb (extraordinary stories not withstanding).

So on this International Women’s Day, I want to honor all of the mothers who carried a child in their womb and give a big hug of understanding to those who found them separated from the most precious of their life’s creations.

It may be that to many people motherhood doesn’t feel like it is making much of a contribution to civilization because it is – well – all so common.  We were all born of a woman, who was the mother of our physical body.

Mothers change diapers, kiss away boo-boos, will often drop whatever is their primary interest at the moment, to attend to whatever their child believes they need.  The child always believes their need is more important than ours and maybe they have a point because children tend to grow up VERY FAST.

Being a mother is something that any other mother can understand, even if her life is very different from our own.  There are a million minor things that being a mother demands of us and mostly they seem unremarkable on the surface of things.  But they are crucial.

So here’s to you – whether you are a mother or not.  As a woman, you had a mother and a grandmother.  Today, women have a choice about whether to carry a child in their womb – or not.  I think it is best that EVERY CHILD be wanted and that every child is able to be cared for by that woman who carried the child in her womb.

We’re not there yet but maybe someday soon . . .