The nation officially celebrates Mother’s Day May 9, but there are millions of people who celebrate Mother’s Day every day. Mothers have always been special, mainly because they have been required to perform a multitude of roles and they did so admirably.
I remember the books and movies titled “Wonder Woman” and it could have been our mother, yours and mine. Amazingly, all mothers were not biological mothers. There were women, for whatever reasons, accepted the responsibility of being a mother to someone else’s children.
There were mothers who would unofficially adopt a child or children, and never hesitated because of a financial situation, and money was often not available. Momma had to be an accountant, because most men did not have what you would consider a decent job, and were usually underpaid so the money had to be stretched. She too frequently wore several hats—breadwinner, father, disciplinarian, physiologist, teacher, nurse, doctor, cook, seamstress, laundress, yet still found time to be a loving wife.
You have often heard it said, “You are in trouble when momma says I am finished with you.” I can’t recall the number of mothers and grandmothers who have spent money, energy, and time and shed tears in the courtrooms of Allegheny County. Daddy may come once.
As a youngster growing up in church, there were a staggering number of men and all the officers were men. Today’s churches are just the opposite. Men are in the minority. There are a number of female officers and the overwhelming majority of church members are female. Without their support 90 percent of our churches would close their doors.
Once I interviewed a female administrator and she explained how she became an educator. Her father was killed in a coal mine incident and left a wife and five daughters. She was left with very little money, but repeated to the family that God would provide, and all five daughters graduated from college and mother went back and graduated. All single parents have not been blessed in the same manner, but it may provide some single parents with the hope and desire to do their best and not give up.
Once when I was at Mosque No. 22 in Wilkinsburg there was an expression used, “A nation can rise no higher than its women.”
Once again I request a donation for Kingsley Association.
(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)