We sure do love our Mamas.
2016 has seen a bevy of Moms in the headlines. Let's revisit a few as the year draws to a close.
We lost some of our most beloved television Moms this year -- Florence Henderson, the unforgettable and totally hip Mrs. Brady, and Doris Roberts, Raymond's intrusive, but lovable Mom, in Everybody Loves Raymond. Joey Feeks of the country duo, Joey & Rory, inspired us through her grace and indomitable spirit, battling terminal illness amid the joys and heartache of motherhood. Nancy Reagan, mother of two notably difficult children, wife of the late President Ronald Reagan, and First Lady extraordinaire slipped the surly bonds of earth to join her great love. Lastly, we celebrate the life of Debbie Reynolds, actress, and Mom, who died just one day after the untimely death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.
It's been a sad year for celebrity deaths, but we've been fortunate to have had these ladies in our homes and lives.
Let's look at some of the many Moms who made headlines in 2016. In one heartwarming story, a Mom in New Mexico packed two school lunches after her son said one of the kids at school wasn't eating at lunchtime; his single mom had lost her job. Moms helping Moms, does it get any better than that?
Sadly, not all the news about moms this year was inspiring, such as one mom who posted a video on Facebook which showed her throwing out her distraught 7-year-old son after he voted for Donald Trump in his school's mock election -- despicable behavior for a mom. In other news, a Louisiana mom was arrested for spanking her three teenage boys after they robbed a neighbor’s home. She was desperately trying to keep her sons on the straight and narrow, and out of prison, but in her fear she whipped them with a cable, lacerating the boys' skin. Clearly, she was trying to discipline her kids, but needed guidance. Countless parents try to be their children's best friends, or worse, leave them to "discover" themselves. We can support those who struggle with the awesome, sometimes overwhelming task of protecting and educating their kids, simply by making ourselves available as friends and mentors.
One last headline many more experienced Moms read with a chuckle and a knowing smile, "Girl uses sleeping mom's thumbprint to buy $250 in Pokémon toys." Mom's throughout the ages have been shocked and humbled by the ingenuity of their little tykes.
There is no sharper learning curve than that of a parent, and it's why new moms often discover a newfound respect and understanding for their own mothers as they fumble with the joys and frustrations of motherhood. So, be kind and loving to these women who steadfastly put up with our shenanigans and love us as no one else ever can or will.
May they find peace and joy in the coming year.