Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Song for Mama

I had a wonderful opportunity this Mother's Day to be part of a amazing project by my friends AHMIR as they covered "A Song for Mama" originally recorded by Boyz II Men in 1997.  This version's YouTube video is filled with pictures and dedications from the band, as well as AHMIR's friends and fans from all over the world to the "moms" in their lives.  I am happy and honored that my own mother and grandmother are pictured at the 4:40 mark in the video.

In our current society being a "mom" isn't considered to be much of a career choice.  If young girls are asked what they want to be when they grow up and they say "I want to be a mom" the question, "Yeah, but what kind of work do you want to do?" almost always follows.  I had many jobs in the last 33 years since I began delivering newspapers in the pre-dawn hours at the ripe old age of 12 back in Preston County, WV.  Some of my jobs were very glamorous and some were not.  Some paid very well, and some -not so much.  What I have realized is my work as a mother was and is the most important, rewarding, frustrating, challenging, fulfilling, admirable way I could ever have spent my heartbeats....because we all only get just so many heartbeats.

Take pride in being a mother.  You truly have the most important job in the history of humanity. If you aren't a mother, then take a moment to realize the lifelong sacrifices yours made, or is making, for you.

Enjoy the video tribute here:  A Song for Mama-AHMIR

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