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EVE: THE WORLD'S FIRST MOTHER
7 Advantages of Being 1st
1. No "in-laws!"
2. No one to be compared to (Eve never heard, "Johnny's mother...")
3. No bad culture or influences to fight against
4. No birthdays (of your own) to celebrate (perpetually 29 and holding!)
5. You hold the title, "World's Best Mom" for decades!
6. You will have a family tree like no other mother!
7. More Grandkids than you can count!
7 Disadvantages of Being 1st
1. No mother of your own to seek advice from
2. No manual or parenting books for raising children
3. No Grandparents to babysit the kids
4. Large family -- whether you wanted one or not
("Be fruitful and MULTIPLY!")
5. You're the 1st to have to deal with snakes
(We all know how bad that turned out!)
6. You are blamed for every mother's pain (childbirth)
7. You are blamed for EVERYTHING that has gone wrong for...well basically for all of human history!
A MOTHER'S EMBRACE
My own mother was a remarkable embodiment of both beauty and duty. She was lovely in appearance, and I think early in her life she turned many a head. But her real beauty was her embrace of duty. She worked hard from the time she was a child until, in her final years, she could no longer work. And she did it because, in her view, it was what she was supposed to do.
When I was quite young, we did not have a car, and my mother had to ride to work on a bus. Sometimes she would have to take me to a friendís house before going to work. I remember one bitterly cold day, standing in ice and snow, waiting for the bus. The wind cut through my clothing like a razor. My mother, who was always attentive to my needs, drew me into her embrace and wrapped her big coat around me. Never was a child so safe and warm as I was that day.
WHY DID GOD MAKE MOTHERS?
Consider these answers given by elementary-age children to the following questions.
"Why did God make mothers?"
"Mostly to clean the house."
"To help us out of there, when we were getting born."
"How did God make mothers?"
"God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts."
"Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mom?"
"God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's Moms like me."
"Why did you Mom marry your Dad?"
"My grandma says that Mom didn't have her thinking cap on."
"What's the difference between Moms and Dads?"
"Dads are taller and stronger, but Moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends."
"If you could change one thing about you Mom, what would it be?"
"I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on her back."
A premature baby thought to be stillborn was found by her mother, alive, after 12 hours in a morgue in northern Argentina.
Analia Bouter was only six months pregnant when she went into labor and gave birth to a baby girl she'd planned to name Liliana Abigail or Luciana Abigail. The baby was to be her fifth child, but when the little girl was born on April 3rd at 10:24 AM, doctors told Bouter that her daughter was stillborn. The distraught parents returned home to grieve, in possession of a death certificate citing "unknown causes" instead of their baby girl.
But Bouter couldn't bear to leave her daughter in the morgue without at least getting a picture of the child--and she got a massive shock when she returned to visit her baby's "body." The mother of five said she believed she was hallucinating, because when the drawer in which the child resided was opened, she heard a cry--and she says she observed her tiny, frost-covered child breathing after twelve hours in the morgue refrigerator.
"We went to the morgue, and they showed us the casket nailed closed. My husband managed to open the drawer, where we found her wrapped in a white sheet and saw her tiny hand touch her face... I fell to my knees."
She explains that the little girl was literally ice cold after her half-day languishing in the drawer:
"My baby was born at 10:24am and at 11:05am was already in the drawer. She spent 12 hours in the freezing cold of that morgue. I saw for myself the ice on her body."
Investigations are underway as to how the error could have occurred. Chaco pr...
A MOTHER'S INFLUENCE
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." George Washington
"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." - "I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." Abraham Lincoln
"There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way." Andrew Jackson
"I cannot tell you how much I owe to the solemn word of my good mother." Charles Haddon Spurgeon
A Pew Research Center survey reports 56% of Americans say mothers are doing a worse job today than they did 20 or 30 years ago. Full-time work outside the home has lost some of its appeal to mothers, for both those who have such jobs and those who don't. Among working mothers with children 17 and under, 21% say full-time work is the ideal situation for them, down from the 32% in '97. 60% (up from 48% in '97) of today's working moms say part-time work would be their ideal, and 19% say they would prefer not working at all outside the home. In '70, women contributed a median of 27% to their families' income, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In '04, the most recent data available, it had jumped to about 35%. The percentage of wives who earn more than their husbands has climbed from 17.8% in families where both spouses work to 25% in '04. About 70% of women with children under 18 are in the labor force. (USA Today 10/3/07)
Marlene's Top 20 Life Lessons: (as well as I can piece them together)
Life's Lesson Number 20 Is About: The Value A Job Well Done
"If youíre going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning."
Life's Lesson Number 19 Is About: Time Travel
"If you donít straighten up, Iím going to slap you into the middle of next week!"
Life's Lesson Number 18 Is About: Logic
"Because I said so, thatís why."
Life's Lesson Number 17 Is About: Foresight
"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case youíre in an accident."
Life's Lesson Number 16 Is About: Irony
"Keep crying and Iíll give you something to cry about."
Life's Lesson Number 15 Is About: Dichotomies
"Shut your mouth and eat your spinach."
Life‚Äôs Lesson Number 14 Is About: Stamina
"You will sit there young lady until all that spinach is gone."
Life's Lesson Number 13 Is About: The Weather
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."
Life's Lesson Number 12 Is About: Hypocrisy
"If I told you once, Iíve told you a million times not to exaggerate!"
Life's Lesson Number 11 Is About: The Circle Of Life
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."
Life's Lesson Number 10 Is About: Behavior Modification
"Stop acting like your father!"
Life's Lesson Number 9 Is About: Envy
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who donít have wonderful parents like you do."
Life's Lesson Number 8 Is About: Anticipation
"Just wait until we get home." or "Just wait until your father gets home"
Life's Lesson Number 7 Is About: Receiving
"You are going to get it when you get home!"
Life's Lesson Number 6 Is About: Medical Science
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that ...
A recent report by Salary.com stated:
If the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year. The additional jobs comprising a motherís work were day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, comp...