Another Mother’s Day has come and gone. It’s a day set aside to honor and adore mothers on the second Sunday during the month of May. Several years later, this question was asked, shouldn’t we adore fathers, too? And to get the male vote, politicians eventually designated a Father’s Day. It was heatedly debated. Some fathers felt that mothers coddle their newborn in their arms not wanting to ever let them go, and they also feed them at the same time the natural way. When fathers begin feeding their babies, the kitchen becomes a mess.
Generally, fathers don’t understand what coddling means. When my boys were born, I put a ball in their hands as soon as they could hold it, to prepare them for Bitty Leagues and life’s hard knocks. And when babies are born, nothing makes a father as nervous as a tiny baby who decides to stay awake. That, and hearing a baby or a woman cry. During this critical time, it’s very important for fathers to maintain their composure. Mothers do not understand the anxiety a father experiences in a sterile hospital waiting room, wondering when the doctor will come out and announce to the father that he now has another major responsibility thrust upon him.
But in my family situation, when I took the mother and new baby home, my mother-in-law went with us. Although I had a deed to my home, she assumed the new baby was her responsibility, especially when she suggested that I go play golf or fish.
Mother’s Day, as we observe it, began in 1908 at the suggestion of Anna Jarvis. Then she spent the rest of her life trying to curtail it due to commercialization. I received an email this year suggesting a perfect gift for a mother is “surgical stockings” shipped free. But for all those busy children struggling to make ends meet, it’s flowers and a box of chocolates. Or, if you forgot what day it is, give your mom a call. It’s a fact that more phone calls are made on Mother’s Day that any other day of the year.
My mother was a saint. During her latter years, she often said she truly appreciated what her children do for her, but that she didn’t want to be a burden to them.
Is it a burden to celebrate and adore fathers on Father’s Day, which is on Sunday, June 6, this year? Write it down. It wasn’t until 1924 when President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. Bless his heart. He understood that breadwinners had been neglected for too long.
One of a father’s many responsibilities is to teach thriftiness. A few years ago, my wife took one of our grandsons to a Goodwill store to shop for a gift for his grandfather on Father’s Day. He bought me a $2 putter, but it’s the thought that counts.
Why do children make such a big deal of honoring their mother on Mother’s Day? Don’t they know that to impregnate a potential mother takes a joint effort? And don’t they know that biology requires a potent sperm cell to fertilize an egg?
We read all about it from the beginning when Adam and Eve set up a household. She told Adam she’d gather the food while he re-painted their house. Adam then explained that God told him to protect the weaker sex and there were snakes creeping all over Eden. We know how the first marriage turned out, and without counseling, the world could have ended right there.
Eons later, the Three Wise Men showered Mary with precious gifts to set up a trust fund for Jesus. Poor Joseph, who was under tremendous pressure and had forgotten to reserve a room, was essentially ignored then and even now.
Leave it to President Bill Clinton to try equalizing everything, or was it Hillary? He is responsible for establishing Parent’s Day, celebrated this year on Sunday, July 29, unless President Trump vetoes it.
Americans love to party and will celebrate anything, anywhere, anytime. In May, we celebrate National Prayer Day, followed by Ramadan, Teacher’s Day, Mother’s Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day on the 27th.
D-Day is not celebrated until June 6, with National Doughnut Day blasting off on June 7. Patriotic party people say donuts are not that bad dunked in warm beer. Why don’t we celebrate a Political-Free day or month or year sometime in the future, to ensure we have one?
— Contact Terry Cummins at TLCTLC@AOL.com.