Mothers on motherhood on Mother's Day
An essay from CNN's Candy CrowleyMay 10, 1997
Web posted at: 10:15 p.m. EDT
(CNN) -- Motherhood: life's most important job, made up of its most mundane moments. A mother and son play out a scene familiar to most of us.
Mom: What's your chore?
Motherhood: the most fulfilling of life's tasks sprinkled generously with frustration:
And that's another thing about motherhood: It's not just about being a mother, it's about having one.
It's about the things she did, and you don't. Say, when the kids act up.
And it's about the things she did that you do, too, because you can't help it.
Motherhood, for better or for worse, is life's original influence. Eighty-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd was less than a year old when his mother died. He spoke of her when addressing the Senate this week.
"In the one photograph which I have of her, gazing back at me is a blue-eyed, fair-complexioned, pretty young woman with a serious, yet sweet expression and a large bow in her hair. How I wish that I had known her even for one day."(247K/20 sec. AIFF or WAV sound)
Motherhood. A bond that forms before birth, endures beyond death and shapes us in life even in its absence.
From the corridors of power and the streets of the cities, to the mothers and the nanas and the moms and the grandmas, wherever you are -- thanks.
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