The role of the mother is highly valued in Peruvian culture. In some families, the mother is the head of the household and as matriarch, is the pillar of the home, the “trunk” of the family tree and is instrumental in keeping the family together.
In Vietnam, the role of the mother in the family is highly honored. The strong matriarchal heritage of Vietnam dates back to the country’s early history when women often took leadership positions… giving them even more authority. Motherhood in Austria has… for a long time, was characterized by the belief that a mother’s domain is primarily the domestic one.
In China… women lack empowerment at so many levels… but their family names often begin with a sign that means ‘mother.’ It is their own way of paying tribute to their mother’s lineage. Denmark is considered one of the best places in the world to be a mother. Parental leave is substantial, childcare provision is comprehensive, gender equality is high on the political agenda, and women are encouraged to develop professional lives. Finland has consistently been ranked as one of the top ten places in the world to be a mother. France as a country where an increasing number of women are raising their families in ways that diverge from what could be considered a traditional family model. Many mothers are employed… with more than half being unmarried.
Motherhood in Germany is approached in a more traditional way than in many of the neighboring European countries. Mothers are expected to focus on caring for their children rather than pursuing their own professional career.
As in other Mediterranean countries traditional, conservative family values are still strong forces in Greek culture. Divorce rates remain low, as do female employment rates. For most Spanish women motherhood takes place when they are in their thirties, and is often seen as an alternative rather than a complimentary lifestyle choice to pursuing a career.
Motherhood is so critical in most traditional societies in Africa that there is nothing worse for a woman than to be childless. A barren woman is seen as incomplete, she is considered the “dead end of human life.” Saudi Arabia is the world’s most gender-segregated nation, but amid changes… now under way, multiple generations of women are debating how to be truly modern and truly Saudi.
Our own Native American women keep on in spite of formidable odds… in spite of some of their children losing faith—committing suicide, resorting to alcohol and drugs to escape. They know that they have to keep it together. They keep on in spite of being victimized within their own communities.
In some cultures; women have no value. In India… while they have had a woman president, and a woman prime minister. In their country… women are on their own when it comes to their own safety. In central India, women are banned from carrying mobile phones, choosing their own husbands or leaving the house unaccompanied… or with their heads uncovered. There is, generally… no respect for women in India.
In other areas of the world… such as America…Mothers can be very powerful; their word being law; especially in a fatherless house. My own Mother came from a wealthy and powerful family in Miami, Florida… and because of the early death of her Father, at age 38, the market crash… that, by the age of 26… my Mother had been married and divorced 3 times, with 3 children (same father)… and didn’t have two dimes to rub together. She worked two jobs to support us, provided us with our own home, clean clothes and a hot meal every night. Still … she found time to instill in us: senses of humor, love, integrity, faith in God, humility, craftsmanship, conservatism, how to iron, clean house, work hard, play fair, loyalty, duty, and a way with words. She too… died at age early age of 55, on Father’s Day, 44 years ago.
Our Mothers are the back-bone of America. If Momma ain’t happy… no one is happy. I write about Mother’s today… because, we should give them more credit for all they do for us… our families… more love, and more respect… and, I think…every day should be Mother’s Day.
Paul tells us in his letter…Timothy 5:3 – Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters. Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.
So… Happy Mother’s Day… everyday! … Blessings…10/17/2017