Tuesday, April 03, 2012
I know that Mother's Day isn't for a month but I want to recognize a group that I admire. Moms are something special. I think our oldest, our son, was about 20 when I finally started figuring out that Mom's and Dad's brains are wired differently. Moms have a tolerance level that I still don't understand. Mom's are hard wired to defend their children and to try and protect them. Dad's treat them different when they grow up but not Moms.
I am the oldest of four children and when I was 47 I decided to retire from the Navy and was exploring job opportunities that I might pursue for retirement. I called my Mom to let her know about my decision. I had enjoyed a successful career and had a lot of responsibility. My Mom told me, "Oh Lewis, you shouldn't do that. It's tough out here in the real world." I just grinned and told her I could find good employment but it wouldn't be back home. No matter my rank nor my success I was still her boy and she wanted to protect me in a weak economic time.
I grew up hearing women called the "weaker sex". The fairer sex I will buy but weaker? Not on your life. Just that basic thing called childbirth is something no man can comprehend. After the birth of our first child my wife and I were at a party. We were chatting with a mixed group and the women started talking about hours in labor and childbirth. One young bachelor said, "Wow, that must really hurt." Big mistake. My wife instantly told him she could show him how much pain there was without touching him. He, being a macho young man, told her to go ahead. She told him to take hold of his upper lip with both hands. As he stood there with his upper lip held between his thumbs and first fingers my sweet young adorable bride said. "Now, pull it over the back of your head." The women roared and the guys were stunned into silence. Definitely just the fairer sex.
Mom's hold down many jobs in keeping the family going and in some cases they are the sole bread winner. Think about how tough it must be for Moms in the armed forces. Talk about amazing. Most of us men hold down one job and cringe at the thought of changing a dirty diaper. Who's the stronger sex?
My wife inspires me. My daughters inspire me. And, the Moms on Sparkpeople inspire me to do more. How could anyone that calls himself a man not be inspired by your courage and determination?
Ladies, I salute you all.