Mother’s Day is a day in which the masses celebrate the one who brought them into this world, in the physical sense. The second Sunday in May, filled with its champagne brunches, flower deliveries and miscellaneous festivities to honor and recognize mothers, motherhood and maternal bonds over-all, as well the influences that they have had in their lives.
Although many Mother’s Day celebrations and traditions on this day include a Sunday church service, the distribution of overpriced floral arrangements and followed by family meals. Just like any other holiday, Mother’s Day has become profoundly commercialized over the years, advertisers and retailers have cashed in monetarily on the day that should represent motherhood, earing the hash tag #Hallmark Holiday.
We have traditionally been the homemakers within our society. When we take a step back and take a good look at where we are as women and mothers in today’s society, we have come a long way baby.
While we as women have the right to vote, the right to choose, we are in some areas taking over in the boardroom. Let us not forget that at the end of the day, when the long hours are over, we have played the role of doctor, counselor, pharmacists, friend and lover to our families, most of us have a home to rest our heads in the night.
Today in America, there are 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless on any given night in America, with statistics showing a 68 to 74% being mothers with minor children. This percentage will not look in the mirror and touch up their makeup while on the way out the door to enjoy a day at the spa, or indulge them at the Marriott Mother’s Day brunch; instead, these mothers will walk until they find a dry and hopefully safe place to sleep with their children for the night.
I can only imagine how it would feel to walk hand in hand with your children seeking shelter. How it must feel to walk the streets alone, looking on to those who are living life in such a different manner, and have absolutely no regard for the position they are in.
While you are picking out your tie today, and playing out the day for her in your head, perhaps think of the money you could put towards helping someone other than yourself. The average Mother’s Day brunch for a family of four, is $120.00 for one meal. That same $120.00 could buy a family of four a weeks’ worth of groceries. Perhaps this Mother’s Day you could take of the dress shirt, pile up in the car with the family and treat those in need, the ones who will not have a hot meal today, the mother who will put herself in compromising positions to fend for her children.
After all those women that you choose to ignore, they are mothers just like yours. Please pay it forward and reach out help those in need.