I am sure almost everyone will speak with great emotion and love about their mother, orsomeone who was a mother to them. Around the world, regardless of culture or creed, moms get up every day and do the same thing; they give unconditional love to their children.
I am no exception; my Mother sacrificed everything to ensure that her children were afforded opportunities she didn't have. She worked tirelessly for other people; long, hard hours away from family and friends because she was determined to create a path to success for those she loved most. I am blessed and fortunate that she is still around so I can return a measure of her love and that she can see that her sacrifice was not in vain.
I am also incredibly lucky and blessed to have at my side a woman who makes the most important job in the world seem effortless. She is a remarkable mother, and my wife Amelia has made raising our two girls a pleasure for me as a father.
This Sunday the world has set aside a day to tell Mothers everywhere that they are loved and appreciated. While it is near impossible to compensate a mother for the job she does, it is a start to acknowledge their selfless giving. She is on call 24 hours; she never gets a sick day, she is a nurse, a chauffeur, and a cook. She works weekends and holidays; she's a teacher's aide, an encyclopedia, a therapist and financial analyst, the list is endless.
Plainfield, I hope you'll take a moment to say thank you to the women in your life who love you in that special way mothers do. Biological moms, adoptive moms, and foster moms; single moms, grandmothers, and godmothers; aunts and mentors and the fathers who are both mom and dad - whoever you think of when you think of Mother's Day.
Giving flowers and chocolates is always a good idea. But I hope that on this Mother's Day, we can commit to doing more than that: Our deeds should match our words, and we should give mothers the respect they deserve, give all women the equality they deserve and give all parents the support they need in their most important roles.
That includes paid maternity and paternity leave, sick leave, accommodations for workers who are pregnant, good health care, affordable child care, flexibility at work, equal pay, and a decent minimum wage. We ask our mothers to do more than their fair share of just about everything. Making sure they're treated fairly is the least we can do.
As your Mayor, I will continue to do everything I can to enact and support legislation that supports the rights of our mothers not just on Mother's Day but every single day of the year.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp
City of Plainfield