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Many moms worth honoring

POSTED: May 14, 2013 2:01 p.m.
 

Recently, the eighth issue of Moments magazine came out. If you subscribe to the Forsyth County News, you received a copy in the Sunday edition.

If you don’t subscribe, you can still pick up a copy here at the newspaper or at various places around town. You can also read them online.

The magazine comes out every two months and has been an amazing project for myself and others.

I feel privileged to meet the many women who grace the pages of Moments. Telling anybody’s story is something to take seriously, and I often agonize over saying it in such a way that does that person or cause justice.

Sometimes I meet women who, for one reason or another, don’t want their stories published. These women, who always have compelling tales, often have a personal or professional reason which makes them reluctant to “go public.” Of course, I understand and respect their wishes, but am sad I can’t share them with readers.

One of my friends asked me what had been my most interesting interview. I thought long and hard about that.  After a dozen years, I don’t think I have an answer.

I will say, however, that there is a group that continues to awe and inspire me — the mothers of children with special needs.

As a mother of four, I know full well how difficult it is to raise children who don’t have special needs. I can’t imagine doing what these mothers do, day after day and year after year.

Imagine for a minute all of the worries that mothers experience on a daily basis, and then add to that worrying if your child will live to celebrate his/her next birthday.

One mother I know lost her sweet special needs child when he was 5. Though he required nearly around-the-clock care, she tended to him with the sweetest, most loving and tender hands. I know this because I saw her doing so shortly before he passed away.

This sweet mom, with her gentle spirit, would never consider her mothering “heroic.” Indeed, that is how all of these mothers act.

I recently met a special needs teacher who, besides leading these precious children all day, has adopted an infant with Down syndrome. This teacher gives new meaning to the word “special.” What an inspiration.

These women remind me how amazing the human spirit is, and they continue to model to all of us what unconditional love looks like.

Remembering back to when I was a young mom with four children so close in age, I reflected almost daily on how overwhelmed I felt.

How silly my complaints would’ve sounded to these mothers who care for children with colossal physical and mental challenges.

We are lucky to live in a community that celebrates special needs children, their families and the teachers and helpers who strive to serve these kids.

I love that I have gotten to know many of these people and they have shared with me a glimpse inside their world.

I often say every person has a story. As a writer, I would love to tell them all.

Since that’s not practical, or even possible, I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage readers to keep us posted about men, women and children (featured in our new YOUth magazine) who would be interesting to profile.

As your community newspaper, we are always interested in human interest stories. The addition of two fantastic magazines give us a larger platform from which to feature people and groups in our community.

I can’t tell you how many friends I have made over the years just from answering an e-mail or note from a reader.

While celebrating Mother’s Day and thanking mom for all she has done, think about someone you know who may have a story to tell. We will certainly consider any and all ideas we receive.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there.

Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at contact@adlenrobinson.com.

 

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