Sat | May 15, 2021

Letter of the Day | Mothers deserve gratitude and recognition

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2021 | 12:11 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

When we think of first responders during the pandemic, we think of doctors, nurses, medical professionals, law enforcement, and firefighters. There is another group that deserve our recognition and thanks – Jamaican mothers.

Someone shared that their mother taught them consequences, the value of an education, and justice. When a child cries out in fear at night, a mother is the first responder who moves quickly to the child’s bedroom to provide comfort. When a child has a tummy ache, a mother comes to the rescue with medicine in hand. When a child feels bullied or isolated, a mother hugs her child, offers words of comfort and care.

Mothers deserve our deep gratitude for getting up early in the day to get their child ready for school or in front a computer screen for an early-morning virtual class. A mother provides hope, love, praise, and always a patient, listening ear.

Author Lloyd Newell wrote: “They (mothers) recognize masterpieces in scribble drawings, beauty in drooping but carefully picked dandelions; brave efforts in scraped knees; and loving intentions in kitchen messes. Sometimes, only a mother’s watchful eye can discern the goodness – eye the greatness – that is developing in a child. How many of the world advancements were fuelled by the belief of a loving mother? How many quiet victories were won because a mother – sometime, somewhere – believed in the abilities of her child?”

REED MARKHAM

reed_markham@yahoo.com