by Patricia Feager, 6/22/2017
Before you even think about it, let me make it clear, I love men and always will. I am as straight as an arrow. However, I started picking up women in the grocery store and I'm making them feel better. Let me explain:
I am noticing young women with babies in the grocery store and boy do they look young! Or am I getting older? The babies and/or young children are looking lethargic while the mother doesn't smile, and rarely talks to her baby. I wondered about this for some time. Are new mothers more stressed out? Is there less money to spend at the grocery stores? Do mothers have to weigh their options between food for the family and diapers? How much more is it today to shop for a family than it was when I was a young mother? Are these young women employed, paying for daycare, paying too much for health care, or none, juggling careers, going to school, abused, balancing the budget with limited income, single mothers? Or, is the rent and mortgage so high they simply feel drained, strained, like they can't get ahead?
There is no greater love for a child than a mother who loves being a mother. Every time I see a mother in a grocery story with a baby who isn't smiling, I stop and say, "Excuse me, your baby is absolutely beautiful! I wish you both good health, much love, and happiness. In a flashbulb second, I see the biggest smile and the mother's face lights up. Each time I do that, I notice the mother gives me a quick smile, then stares at her babies face. I stand there and watch the interaction between mother and child and it is truly a beautiful sight. Do me a favor, join my campaign. Put a smile on every mother and child's face and watch how happy it makes you feel to see them both smiling and really looking at each other with a happy face.
"Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life." --- Sophocles
Photo taken at the Zimsculpt exhibit while I visited
the Dallas Arboretum. Exhibits and artists
will be there until the end of July 2017.
Patricia's Tip for the Day:
©Teach a mother to smile again and watch her babies face light up.