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Column: Can mom be a hero?

Posted: May 10, 2018 2:51 p.m.
Updated: May 11, 2018 1:00 a.m.

Call her by any name:  Mother, Mom, Mommy.  Can she be a hero? Perhaps someone fulfilled the role of Mother in your life other than your birth mother. Can that person be a hero? Perhaps it was your grandmother or an adopted mom or your dad who fulfilled the role of mother. Is that your hero?

The definition of a hero is one who is admired for outstanding achievements or honorable, noble qualities. Can a mother be a hero? Can we think of and communicate those traits that qualify her to be recognized as a hero?  Most assuredly!

Outstanding achievements are at the top of the list. Yes, she can whip up a gourmet meal for whomever is near the table. It might just be Mom, Dad and you, or it might be the eight friends who just walked through the door. It is amazing how she can feed everyone, at whatever hour. Her secret ingredient is love. I think she keeps a small tin of love in the cupboard next to the refrigerator. She loves unconditionally.

Did she go to medical school? She can kiss away a big scrape. She can perform first aid better than anyone else, and she always has Band-Aids in her pocketbook. Her secret ingredient is care.  It’s a fact that she puts extra care inside the Band-Aid box. She can always make you feel better.

There is no better giver than Mom. She has sage advice. Her instincts are very well honed, and she freely gives you everything. She will give you her only cookie. She will give you directions. She will give you a new shirt or even one of her old purses. But, she will never give you anything less than her very best. Her secret ingredient is giving. She will give you her last penny.

She will forever support your dreams, even when someone else expects failure. She understands you and she will forever greet you with open arms. She knows you “oh, too well.”  She can sense your pain and she sees your radiant glow. She probably can read your mind! Her secret ingredient is respect.  No matter the time or the issue, she has respect for you and freely shows you the same.

At three o’clock in the morning, she will get up with you if you don’t feel well or she will listen if you are scared. Her time is your time. More than you ever recognize, she showers you with her time. Her secret ingredient is selflessness. She is never too busy. She is never too tired. She is selfless.

Have you noticed that she can always open the toughest jars? She can carry five bags of groceries at once.  When a friend needs help with changing a tire, Mom can help. She can perform multiple and challenging tasks for hours and hours. Mother’s secret ingredient is strength. She is the strongest person in every situation.

A quality that is built into a mother is sacrifice. Your needs come first even before her own. If there is a choice to be made between that special dress that she wants to buy for herself and an item you need for that all important party, a decision is generally made in your favor. The money she had planned to use to buy those shoes she badly needed is now yours. She often makes choices in your favor without thinking of herself. Her secret ingredient is sacrifice.

Most people are called a hero for a specific act.  Medals are given. Speeches are made praising the heroism of the individual. It might be an instant in which they stood up for the defenseless. It always includes strength of character. A mother demonstrates these characteristics day in and day out.  She never expects praise.  Never expects a reward.  Never expects a thank-you. However, she does wait eagerly for those magic words -- “I love you, Mom.”

You are lucky if your mother gave birth to you and you are doubly lucky if your mother is a person who chose to be your mom. Every mother has outstanding achievements and noble qualities to share with you and hopefully, impact your life. She wants you to be ready to become the next hero!

Go, call your Mother, whoever it is, and let her know that she is your hero.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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