Goshen News, Goshen, IN

May 12, 2013

We just can’t thank our moms enough


— The purpose of this editorial is quite simple. We just want to say, “Thanks, mom.” And by “mom” we mean all of the great mothers in our community who have gone above and beyond to lead the way in the development of their children. It can often feel like a thankless job in the day-to-day, hand-to-hand combat of raising children, but on this one day each year it’s refreshing for all of us to take a deep breath and think about all that our mothers have done for us.

The comedian Bill Cosby, in his famous stand-up performance, “Bill Cosby, Himself,” described his wife as “The Boss,” of his family because she took care of the children. “I’m not the boss in my house,” Cosby mused. “I don’t know when I lost it. I don’t know how I lost it. I don’t know if I ever had it. But I’ve seen the boss’s job, and I don’t want it.”

Raising children is not for the weak. It is hard work. It’s the most important of all jobs that is rooted in unconditional love, even when the term “unconditional” is seriously tested.

Mothers are known for their cooking, for having eyes in the back of their head and for being strong when advocating for their children. They nurture, they discipline, they comfort — sometimes all within a few moments. They wipe noses — among other things — mend wounds and make sure teeth get brushed, even the ones way in the back.

They do mounds of laundry when it’s brought home from college, make doctor appointments and can always seem to fix a cowlick in mere seconds.

Many mothers are also the bread winners of their family. Many others are single and work many hours to provide for their children with little or no outside help. Times change, but a mother’s love is constant. It looks much the same today as it did 50 years ago.

There isn’t a day that goes by that we shouldn’t honor our mothers by living right, putting things back where we found them and eating our vegetables. But today, we take great joy in being able to tell all our hard-working mothers, happy Mother’s Day. We owe you more than we can possibly repay.