By stating simple facts and stepping away from the emotional rhetoric of the past 25 years, the Council on Foreign Relations has paved the way to improved lives for women, mothers and children globally.
You used to be a chic, vibrant, rational woman able to complete a single thought without having to stop and say "I told you to go before we left!" But where did that woman go? Well, the truth is she's still in there somewhere.
Most mothers in this country and in the West accept sacrifices willfully because the joy and beauty of motherhood overwhelms them. In much of the rest of the world, however, the sacrifice of motherhood means something very different.
Now... I'm a mother. And now I'm praying for my children. And now I worry about their regularity and whether they got "there" safely. And now I need a mother worrying about me worrying about my children.
This is perhaps the most honest conversation I have ever had with my mom about becoming a mother at 23, going to Mississippi in the sumer of 1964, and participating in the feminist movement, and about the legacy she hopes to leave behind.
My pleasure simply doesn't come, like my mother's, from carrying a heavy pack up Mt. Everest or sleeping on a mat in a tent in the rain. Instead, it comes from dancing, Pilates, reading, and movies -- but that's OK!
The truth is, being a mom hasn't removed the part of me that was also a daughter, and sometimes Mother's Day is just a painful reminder of her absence. So what can one do to make Mother's Day less painful and a lot more joyful?