It’s easy to overlook, given the recent extension of the county’s stay-at-home order through at least May 31, that Mother’s Day is this Sunday.
As if mothers weren’t already worth celebrating, this year, women everywhere are doing what they can to make the most of the situation for everyone else.
Mothers of young children are tap dancing as fast as they can, even though many are now without a job, or worried because their spouses have lost theirs. They’re putting on a brave face and playing and laughing with their children, so that the kids of today will not feel scared about what tomorrow holds in store for them — so that when they’re adults, this time will not be punctuated with a memory of fear.
Mothers of older children, perhaps those who are now adults and caring for kids of their own, are also showing courage. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and lessen the impact on our local hospitals, these mothers have decided not to visit their beloved kids and grandkids in person — a sacrifice. They’re making masks for their families and communities. When they’re able to shop during senior hours, they think to buy groceries for others. They are tap dancing to a different rhythm, one that connects them to a broader group.
Don’t forget to wish the special ladies in your life a Happy Mother’s Day and to do something extra special to make this shelter-in-place order a little sweeter.