Events mark a time. Whether time is in seconds, minutes, hours, days, months or years it is of no consequence till tagged with an event. Time is always present and takes on more meaning when attached to a birthday or death or whatever we wish to acknowledge with the moment in time.
I like the fact my birthday is on the calendar of time with certain years it falling on Mother’s Day. I also enjoy a story my Mom told me years ago about my birth. Mother’s Day was on Sunday on May 11, 1952 and celebrated as usual in those days, from what I was told! Although my Mom thought it would have been nice to have her first-born child on Mother’s Day that year, she said it was worth waiting for me to arrive when I was actually born the next day!
To this day every year, I recall the story on Mother’s Day and my actual birth date with a smile. I love the story. While time marches on, my birth marks a moment in time while also sharing another date every year along with Mother’s Day. As a result, I celebrate some years twice and that is really cool! Thanks Mom!
In helping make the world a better place and with changes happening due to Covid-19, I decided to participate in the Mothers’ Day Movement (MDM) founded by a small group of women. You might have read the book Half The Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, about the oppression of women and girls in developing countries. It is a sad yet excellent read. The bottomline is when we support women, the lives of children and their communities improve.
Mothers’ Day Movement researches what small charities in education, health care and other areas are helping women around the world in positive ways. Beneficiaries of donations are improving the lives of women in fields of women’s health, infant and maternal mortality, clean water and human trafficking, plus other areas with plenty of work still to do. Now MDM’s 10th beneficiary is Circle of Health International (COHI), a humanitarian organization equipping medical teams with medical supplies, medicines and training to serve the communities in which they are working.
In honor of my Mom, my sisters who are mothers too, and all of the mothers of the world, I am donating to this cause so they can bring life-changing funds to women and their families in need. If you are interested, donations can be made at mdm.cohintl.org
Thanks Mom for all you have done for me in my lifetime. This donation is being made in honor of you! Love you!
I remember National Teacher Day, when I was educating young people years ago, being celebrated while school was still in session. But the Covid-19 pandemic has forced state governments to cancel school attendance requirements from now and to the end of the school year. We are truly living a different reality!
However, it is the perfect time to thank public and private school teachers who have worked this year and all their career years of teaching service. Also thanks to people who volunteer as tutors, educational mentors, and/or role models in displaying appropriate teaching and learning behaviors. Thanks to parents, guardians and leaders who teach children as need be and especially now when school responsibilities have shifted to the home front. The role of teacher is varied. Even in a single, simple moment anyone can be part of a teachable moment and be the teacher … thank you to you too when that happens.
It should not take a pandemic for the world to understand how valuable school teachers are for all of us! Our American society does not place the high level of respect other cultures have with their teachers. This is unfortunate, but I do hope people are realizing the importance of teachers. Respect and salaries commensurate with their experience would be admirable too as we treat these people as professionals in higher standing. Everyone stepping into teachers’ shoes currently certainly understand the huge responsibility teachers have each day with 25 – 35 students per class and the variety of subjects to be taught. Many would never choose to do this work, so let’s be sure we tell teachers they are appreciated and thank them for choosing the profession.
People in education love working with children and are missing work time with them. Teachers are staying connected with their students during this pandemic with new and exciting technology, where it is available. Kudos to teachers for all the work accomplished with our children!