Editor's Note: A reader shared this editorial that appeared in the Daily Courier in May 1988.
The person of whom we are thinking worked for probably less than 50 cents a day. Some days she made nothing. It's not that she didn't put in many hours and accomplished much; it's just how it worked out.
This lady was a laundress, a seamstress, a cook, a waitress and, in her spare time, a gardener. She cared for the children, the animals, the adults — whatever and whomever needed caring.
She was particularly good at caring for children. She seemed to have a knack at insight no one else around the job site had.
Although she had no rank, no seniority, no position, she was in charge of the entire operation. She shouldered each responsibility, making sure each day's work was done, with little or no help from anyone.
Despite all this responsibility, all this frustration, she rarely complained. She met each day as it came and did every task required of her.
She had no problem with this. It was her life.
You see, she was a mother.
Happy Mother's Day.
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