First, I'd like to extend a very happy mothers day wish to every "MOM"! Let me clear something up. The title of this entry isn't a typo, an oversight, or a short cut. Since this blog is my platform the title, of this entry, is my way of illuminating and expressing my opinion. Throughout my 57 yrs. I've had many spirited discussions about the role, responsibility, joys, foibles, and sorrows of parenthood.
The title of mother or father is bestowed on anyone who procreates because those are technical terms. Any technicality comes with loopholes. Mothers and Fathers may never rise to the level of mom or dad. MOM, on the other hand, is an honorific title that should only be bestowed on those individuals who rise to the challenge, exhibit boundless love, shed and wipe away countless tears, endure sleepless nights, gruelingly long days, change mounds of dirty diapers, offer millions of hugs, scare away night demons, and minister to all sorts of maladies of the body, mind, and soul. MOM is a title that has to be earned. Calling someone "MOM" is high praise indeed. Giving birth isn't the end and be all to being a mom - although it is the textbook definition of miracle. This may come as a shock to you - you don't have to be female to be a great mom. There are slews of men who are single parents or are co-parenting with their same-sex partner that are (in the very best sense of the word) MOM's . As you can see, as my title suggested, the lines have become somewhat blurry.
It's about time!
The face and the title of mom (and for that matter dad) is expanding along with our appreciation of the wondrous and wide diversity of the spectrum of human orientation, lifestyles,etc.
OK, I realize that, to many, the very idea of changing long conceived convention is a serious shock to the status quo. So what! Get over it and enjoy the changes. For myself and those who feel the same it's my hope that, from this Mother's Day forward, we'll celebrate everyone who makes the monumental effort to be a MOM. Happy Mom's Day!
Written with love and admiration for all the truly wonderful "moms" past and present that have contributed to me being - me.
Bill "the barefoot jeweler",