In My Opinion
If Mom Ruled The Country
Oh, politics. I’ve grown weary of much of the discussions around political issues, because from where I stand those discussing the issues, both from the political podium to the community boards often seem more like children who can’t get along in the sand box – with quite a few behaving just out right mean.
As a mother, I cringe. I cringe because there are things I hear from so many political heads that would kill me if I ever heard my own child say them. Behaviors and actions that would go against so many things I try to teach my children.
And maybe that is the problem. Maybe the problem is that in that political world people forget the things their Mama taught them, or that they even had a Mama to begin with. Maybe then, it is time for this Mama to break down what the nation would be like if Moms ruled the country.
If a mom ruled the country:
She would teach tolerance and give some serious time outs for name calling of any kind to anyone, no matter what. She just wouldn’t allow little Timmy to talk about how Johnny is this or that because he likes that or this, or looks a certain way. Nope. That would merit some serious talking to, followed up by an apology to the one insulted. She would require that people spend some time together in the sandbox and figure out ways to get along and play nice with each other.
She wouldn’t allow for the littering and waste. She would make sure that all measures were taken to care for the life around us because as mothers who brought the future into this world, we understand the value of preserving it so that our children can enjoy a beautiful and long lasting life in it.
She would make sure that everyone had access to band-aids – preferably with cartoons on them – and any other necessity to make all the ouchies and boo-boos go away. She would never deny anyone the ability to have it checked, treated, or even kissed for extra measure.
She would make sure that school was a positive experience, no matter who you are, where you live, or what your financial background is. She would assign a national PTA committee to oversea funds from bake sales, carwash fundraisers, and tickets sales from school sports activities and guarantee that they be distributed equally and fairly among schools all across the nation, so that no child’s education is disproportionate from any one else’s. She would also make sure that play and creativity played a bigger role in schools and at work, because she understands that a nurtured dream and passion can lead to an inventive, creative and successful spirit.
She would understand love, not for what it should look like, but for what it truly it is and she would embrace it and celebrate it.
She wouldn’t make such a mess of things…nor would she tolerate others doing the same. But, if they did, she would spend most weekends making sure everyone pitched in to clean it up.
She wouldn’t allow for fighting. She may not always like the other mom in the other country, but she would lead by example and deal with conflict in a manner that she would want her own children to learn from and follow.
She would implement a daily National Nap Time. Do I really need to explain this one?
She would never let the fridges or cabinets go bare, or the piggy bank go empty. Even when times were tough, she would figure out a way so that no one in the family went hungry. No one will really understand how she does it, or if she herself has eaten anything – just that she made it work for everyone.
If a mom ruled the country maybe those who now rule it would remember the basic rules of behavior, decency, respect, and tolerance that their own mamas taught them. Maybe they would be more careful before they spoke and acted. Maybe the consequences of their actions would be considered more carefully. Maybe there would be fewer have-nots because those who have would share it. Maybe they would be reminded that it was Mama who gave them life, and sacrificed much so that they could be where they now stand. Maybe she would serve as a constant reminder that every time they speak and act they present to the world the fruits of her labor and they would wonder if it would be something that would make her proud.
If a mom ruled the country, she would remind them all that it’s not about her or them, but about the ones who will soon follow.