Cards, phone calls and flowers are all nice, but here are a few things that I’d really like for Mother’s Day.
A world where I can raise my children. I want to be able to send my daughter off to school, by bus, bike or foot, and not have to wonder if she’ll make it to her destination. There are too many horror stories of demented people and kidnappings to let them out there on their own. In other countries around the world, mothers have to worry about their children walking to school and stepping on land mines from wars in the recent and not-so-recent past. It would make me smile if every mother could kiss her child on the forehead at the front door, wave to them as they walked down the road towards school, and have nothing more to fear than their child’s waywardness.
A world that’s worth passing on. What will be left after we’re done filling the sky with satellites, dumping oil and pesticides in the rivers and oceans and hacking down the rainforests? I’d like my daughters to know that Sumatran Tigers live on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, not just in the zoo. I’d like them to be able to visit islands in Indonesia and Indian Ocean if they choose, and not have to wonder why it is those islands are now underwater—a true and modern tale of Atlantis. I’d like them to be able to see all the species of birds that an Amazon rainforest chooses to offer. I don’t want them to see those birds stuffed in a dusty museum, cold and hard like the Great Auk or New Zealand’s Moa.
A world where kindness is the norm. I want my children to not be afraid to speak to strangers, where people treat each other with kindness and compassion, not just in times of tragedy and need, but every day. I want faith and religion to preach love, joy and peace as ways to practice and prove their devoutness—that love will be the way to save each other. I want to teach more of this in my own home.
I’ll take the hand-drawn cards of flowers and butterflies, and I’ll hold them to my heart, but a world of love and life for my children—that is this mother’s deepest desire.
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