The Job Title “Mother” Will Be Held In The Highest Esteem

Mother’s day was a full six days ago, but you know how they say, Everyday is Mother’s Day, so I am sharing what Tzivie wrote and had posted on Facebook:

If the quarantine changed only one thing about us, I hope it is this:

That the job title “mother” will be held in the highest esteem.

The description, “stay-at-home” mom will inspire awe in each one of us.

Just as we respect an accomplished career woman, a female athlete or artist, the present, engaged and nurturing mom, will be held in the highest regard.

Our daughters will want to grow up to be just like them!

We are a few weeks away from the Jewish holiday that commemorates the great event at Mt. Sinai, when G-d gifted us with the Torah. In this epic Biblical tale, we are reminded of our critical job; Moses was told to first teach all the traditions, values and morals to the women, even before he reached out to the men.

There was no one more essential in passing our heritage on to the next generation.

Moses didn’t call on the Rabbis, the school teachers or the community activists. He didn’t call a boardroom meeting with all the executives. He summoned the moms. First things first.

Our kids are our most important persons. We get a job to provide for them, we build our houses to shelter them, we cook to nourish them and we play to engage them.

The focus of our lives revolves around them. The largest room in our heart is filled with them.

We all know it, we all feel it, but we also all get sidetracked.

The job soon takes center stage, the housekeeping overwhelms us, the cooking becomes burdensome and we lose our focus on the play planning details.

Now, more than ever, we need to be reminded of our “why”.

A mom is always on-call, but while quarantining we’ve been on duty all day, every day. Day in and day out.

The moment we connect with our why, the tasks feel lighter and brighter. The end is in the means. Our “why” allows us to feel present, and along with our children we benefit tremendously from that state-of-mind and state-of-being.

The quarantine offered each of us moms the opportunity to realign ourselves with our raison d’etre. Once life let’s us go back to all our other callings, let’s remember that our most important role in life is THE most important role.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom.