Monday, May 14, 2012
MOTHER'S DAY: HURUMPH!
Well, it's over--the big hullabaloo surrounding this special day devoted to Mothers. Thank you.
When I was younger, I remember looking forward to Mother’s Day. My Dear Mom was a special lady--dramatic, overweight, stylish and tough. Somehow, we made the Day fun. My Dad was in a special mood and my sister and I had shopped for a gift that we thought Lil needed and would like. (She needed nothing and she loved everything that we chose.) There was’automaticity’ to the day. And i did not think about what it was about other than we were going to have some fun.
And now, many years later, why is this day so burdensome to me? What is this questionable response? Here is what I have come up. I want my family to see every day as Mother's Day. Really. That the appreciation and fondness that is bestowed on May 13th to me is spread throughout the year, every day. Don't bother looking for a greeting card that conveys a sentiment that is felt every day. Tell me every day!
And what has this to do with social work and NASW, Massachusetts? I am looking at a perspective about life, a way of being -- not just for Mother's Day, but for every day. Do I show my appreciation to my family, my staff, members of NASW the MA Chapter, who count on the chapter to support them, promote them, and represent them? Mother's Day is a reminder for me to say thank you to all the people in my life-family, staff and social workers who chose NASW, MA Chapter to stand up for them. Just as I want my family to have Mother's Day special every day, I want to say thank you to my staff and members of NASW for all that you do, every day, during the year: for your involvement, your encouragement, and your dedication to the people you serve and work that you have chosen.
My Hurmphf has dissolved.
Carol J. Trust