Clarion editorial: Don’t forget to call Mom today

  • Saturday, May 10, 2014 2:11pm
  • Opinion

Don’t forget to call your mom.

Do it. Pick up the phone and call her right now. Don’t text, don’t email her. Call her. Let her hear and revel in your voice.

We take them for granted, our mothers. They’re always there for us and, while they are not perfect, their love is usually about as close to perfect as you’ll ever see.

Likely, your mother spent her days watching you and her nights worrying over you while you blissfully learned and grew without a care in the world.

That’s their job and they are almost universally appreciated for it.

Everyone from George Washington to Jay-Z attributes their successes in life, at least in part, to their mothers and we’d like to do the same today.

We appreciate our mothers for teaching us how to make a home, how to love one another and what it means to be human.

We love our mothers for their faith and unwavering devotion in our abilities, even when others couldn’t see them.

Our mother’s tell us that we’re the coolest kids on the block. Our mothers read our stories in the paper, mark them up with red pen and send them back to us. Our mothers call us when an earthquake happened somewhere 1,000 miles from here, just to make sure everything is alright. Our mothers fed our goldfish, hamsters and rabbits — even though we said we’d take care of that.

Mostly, our mothers loved us. They held us when we cried, argued with us when we made stupid decisions and angered us when they were overprotective. Very few emotions come close to the depth and breadth of the way we feel about the women who brought us into the world.

We’re sure you can think of several nice things to say to your own mother as well — so get to it.

But, just in case you have trouble coming up with a message we’ll leave you with the words of one of the most famous gangsta rappers of all time, Tupac Shakur.

“I finally understand / for a woman it ain’t easy tryin’ to raise a man / You always was committed / A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it / There’s no way I can pay you back / But the plan is to show you that I understand / You are appreciated.”

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