L… is for Mom

12 May

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone. If you aren’t a mother than you most assuredly have one, so it is a day that we can and should all celebrate.

It has always struck me as odd however, that most westerners of the modern age worship a god who is male when it is the female who gives life and who is most likely to care for and nurture the child…of course I suppose that this same fact could also support our belief in a male deity because we can always say…”where did he go? And why did he leave us alone like this?” too.

Sadly however, in our day and age, the single most important indicator in determining a woman’s likelihood to live out her days in poverty is…childbirth. If a woman in this world can call herself a mother, she is more likely than not… to be poor. That in my opinion is the saddest testament to the failures of the human race that I could ever imagine…And the saddest testament to the failures of men because we are supposed to be partners with women aren’t we? So how come so many women have to go it alone, whether they choose to or not.

The abject cruelty and disdain with how many men treat women, has always been puzzling to me because all men have mothers and most men have wives and many men have sisters and daughters too…and it is not uncommon for almost all men to become angry and outraged should anyone say anything bad about their mothers, daughters sisters or wives.

Yet many if not most of these same men never seem to equate other women as being someone elses mother, daughter, sister or wife thereby causing them to treat those women with the same thoughtfulness, kndness, love and respect that all women, not just “theirs”, deserve.

Instead so many men behave so violently towards women that it is enough to boggle any god’s (male or female) mind. But that is the tragic flaw of men is it not? We see violence as a real solution to problems…and we really believe that it is…really.

And so we keep putting each other in charge and we keep coming up with the same solution…to everything…even when we are fathers we still think that it is a good idea to send our sons…or other people’s sons off to war.

I know that women send there sons to war too, but I think only because men make them. I do believe that If moms were in charge wars and violence would be harder to come by…maybe…but I only say maybe because men would still be around to point out, and insist upon,  how we need to resort to violence to get the job done.

So here’s to moms everywhere. I wish you peace and happiness and the love and respect of grateful children everywhere. And I hope you someday get the chance to  take control of the planet and have the opportunity to show us if indeed, love is the answer…because we men still have no freakin’ ideas.

15 Responses to “L… is for Mom”

  1. lyndaanning May 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    speaking as a mother, thankyou and well said. x

  2. Suzicue May 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    We still think you men are pretty awesome anyway. 😀

  3. Nadeen Chrystal Davis May 12, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Awesome post!! you’re not alone in your thoughts: I was just watching a show today about poverty and economic mobility. Plus I have 2 short story drafts about hunger and poverty… Freshly pressed too. Woot!

  4. tric May 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

    Yes I think most girls change when they become mothers, but I think you sell men and fathers short. There are so many super dads and amazing men out there. Lets not over generalize. However I am happy to agree with the generalization that mothers are generally poorly treated in society, and of course that they are great.

  5. ryan May 13, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Happy Mother’s Day to all mother around the world.
    in Indonesia, we celebrate it at December 22nd, though.

  6. brucethomasw May 13, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    Thank you for a powerful – no – empowering post. As a man, it is difficult but essential for me to unlearn patriarchy, and do this every day, in moments and actions that count. Not power over – power with. Partnerships.

    Thank you for this very appropriate mothers dayblog post.

    By the way – happy belated birthday. I noticed that post, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet. I’ll check it out now. Best wishes and peace.

  7. Ravi Chander May 13, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    Buddha was a Prince who would have become King if he wanted. He chose the path of peace. Cleopatra was a Queen for whom wars were fought. You can’t generalize based on genders.

    I agree that a Mother’s role is very important and crucial to the growth of a child. A mother is truly a Goddess. Btw, Islam is not a western religion. They too have no female prophet and they refer to their god generally in a masculine gender.

  8. makagutu May 13, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    Well said. Praise to all mothers around the world!

  9. Susanna May 13, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Thank you for the nice blog. I think some men, who are insecure, feel threatened by women’s power and try to suppress it/beat it back. A secure male does not have to fight it.

  10. alesiablogs May 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm #

    Thank you for celebrating Mothers!

  11. TamrahJo May 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Nice!
    I sometimes wonder if patriarchy is so deeply entrenched in society that it will take generations to undo it.

  12. serendipityherbals May 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    I think many men are lovely, and I think it is equally important to realize, what makes a Mother IS a Father. I saw someone’s comment that said women are Goddesses, and I agree! 🙂 Thank you!

  13. emmylgant May 16, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Thank you for these kind words and the vote of confidence.
    I am not sure it is deserved though as much as I would like it to be… Margaret Thatcher; Bhuto; Golda Meir…just a few that come to mind.
    Still thank you for the optimism and the kindness.

  14. Teri Lynn May 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    It’s a catch-22 for both men and women. Not all men are horrible and not all mom’s are wonderful. My dad chose to abandon me at the age of 2 and at 16, told me I was a mistake. This, of course, caused me many issues growing up about trusting men. It took me half my life to find a man who respected me, takes care of me and gets me. This after several abusive relationships in my life.

    I was raised by a single mom and my grams. I, myself, found myself a single mom for many years. It’s hard work to raise children, yet go at it alone. A woman who is strong can do the job. Unfortunately, I see many mom’s who would rather dwell in the fact that they are alone and whine and cry about it rather than take care of their child/children and are always looking for someone to take care of them instead.

    Sometimes, men really do get the short end of the deal and mom’s get all the praise. Not really a fair deal, is it?

  15. robinNASMcpt May 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Not something you hear many men say… thank you for your thoughtfulness toward women, and especially mothers. I am a mom raising the most amazing little girl by myself. Poor? Perhaps in finances, but richer then most with love in my heart and a devotion like no other to my child. She is my hero, and my reason for being. Without her, my life would have no purposeful direction. 🙂

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