No mothers are perfect, but taken collectively they are a lot closer to perfection than any other grouping of human beings. And they are the most indispensable group of all.
This week, as we celebrate Mother’s Day on the micro, let’s also celebrate mothers on the macro. Along with expressing appreciation to our own moms, let’s consider how much our whole society, our whole economy and our whole world should celebrate the irreplaceable role of mothers everywhere.
On that macro level, Mother’s Day should be:
A celebration of the deepest form of unconditional love.
A celebration of the most selfless commitment.
A celebration of the most complete sacrifice.
A celebration of the choice of responsibility over personal options and freedom.
A celebration of the single person who makes the most difference in any of our lives.
A celebration of the creator and developer and protector of the basic unit of our society and of our economy.
A celebration of the most effective and economical way ever invented to bring a person to positive adulthood.
A celebration of the most demanding role in the entire human drama (and the most emotional, the most rewarding, the most broadening, the most educating and the most testing).
A celebration of the most underappreciated people on the planet.
Almost every other role in life is replaceable — there is some other way to do it if circumstances necessitate — but not so with the role of mothers.
How else could children be raised up to be contributing adults? Could orphanages do it? Communes? Welfare systems? Prisons?
Even if children could be produced by cloning or some other artificial means, the simple fact is that raising a child without a mother is impossibly expensive and expensively impossible.
The bottom line is that mothers contribute more to the ongoing viability of our economy, our society and our world than all other roles combined.
Yet, on the other 364 days of the year, women seem to get more recognition and accolades for the various other things they do than for their center-of-the-universe position of mother.
And because we do not sufficiently celebrate or recognize the role, more and more women are choosing not to assume it. One recent poll in Japan showed a majority of women who say they choose not to have a child — now or ever. “Childless by choice” is a growing trend.
The one role that this planet cannot survive without is becoming less relished, less assumed, less desired!
What can the planet do about it? We can multiply Mother’s Day by 365 and express our appreciation more often to our own mothers, to the world’s mothers and to God.
Richard and Linda Eyre are New York Times best-selling authors who lecture throughout the world on family-related topics. Visit them anytime at www.EyresFreeBooks.com or www.valuesparenting.com. Their latest Deseret e-book is “On the Homefront."