A lot of people say that Mother's Day is one of those "Hallmark holidays" that don't really exist in the calendar, and I can certainly see their point. The commercialization of Mother's Day doesn't enhance anyone's idea of family. But there's another way that society is "dumbing down" motherhood that we must name and shame.
My mom was a homemaker, devoted to her husband and family, and like many women of her generation she didn't work outside the home. She took child raising very seriously (I have two siblings) and adored her grandkids. But there were a few things she forgot to teach me.
The situation in Nigeria has focused us on the plight of these abducted girls, but were we blind before to this possibility? It always takes a current event to snap us out of our collective fog, to clear away the cobwebs of our own inaction and make us take notice. What can we do to help them and to make our Mother's Day mean a little more?
Disclaimer: I think my children are the greatest two contributions I will ever make to this crazy world. But motherhood has not always been apple pie for me, because as a mother I felt responsible for making the pie, and I'm one of those women who would rather face a criminal on the streets than a stove ripe for action.