Rick Jensen, 5/1/2015 [Archive]

Just Another Mom of the Year

By Rick Jensen

Any other day, the Department of Family Services would have taken this year's Mother of the Year into custody.

Moms who smile, frown, cheer, correct, hug, spank and nurture us through all of our trials, tribulations, errors and successes are awesome.You will always be loved.

Thank you.

Every once in a while, a mom shows the world how to love in a very poignant way.

Moms who never knew they would be caring for a lovely child who just happens to have autism, cancer, Heller's syndrome and any number of unexpected challenges are Moms of the Year... year after year, often while carrying the load of a full-time or part-time job.

Moms who do not qualify are those whose exploits are... well, exploits.

The moms who send the kids out the door with no food or underwear while they squander their money on drugs. Kardashians more interested in their brands and booties than the effects their selfish lives will have on their kids. "Moms" who are more interested in men paying attention to them than what their kids are doing.

Moms who do qualify are the wonders who will never achieve public accolade because they're too busy working, grocery-shopping, taking their kids to doctor appointments and researching how to best care for their kids.

Moms who spend more time hugging, loving and teaching at home than styling, tatting and primping in town.

Moms who confess they get tired and frustrated and scared, so they reach out to family and church members to help.

Moms who chase away the nightmare monsters by checking under beds and in closets, falling asleep in the chair beside the bed with a copy of "Goodnight Moon" in their laps.

Moms who teach their children to express their anger, frustrations and complaints by doing it themselves in a controlled, verbal manner, then saying, "Okay, it's your turn.What's bothering you?"

Moms who establish an irrevocable dinner time with no electronics allowed, encouraging the kids to talk about school, friends and activities.

Then there's the Baltimore, Md. mom who chased her misdirected son into the street during this week's riots, pulling off his mask and compelling him to go home instead of throwing rocks at police.

16-year-old Michael was dressed in black from head to toe, including a black face mask.

Without consideration of political liberals who would gasp in self-righteous indignation at her behavior, Toya Graham chased down her son, yelled, cursed, hit and berated him in public.At one point he pushed away her arm and mom kept coming.

She pulled at his mask, pulled at his arms and hit him many times.

She was not going to allow her son to be just another punk in the street looking for trouble.

Standing near the police, Toya recognized her son's baggie pants.Then she noticed the rock in his hand.

I don't know how mothers can identify their fully-dressed kids from a distance.My mom said she could identify me walking down the street with a half dozen other guys in the darkest of nights from three blocks away.She said, "I can tell by the way you walk."

Terrified for her only son's life, Toya ran into the street and jumped into the book, "Best Moms in History."

The citizen videos on YouTube all end with the son walking behind the mom toward home.

She, angrily.

He, despondently.

At home, they talked, watched the riots on TV and discussed his Facebook friends' comments that he needs to respect his mom.

Is she "Mother of the Year?" Yes, but she's just one of millions.

The irony is this "Mom of the Year" is lucky Family Services didn't show up and arrest her for slapping Michael.

Without the backdrop of a riot, her reasons could be just as poignant yet less obvious next time, and Family Services could take her away so Michael could slink back to the street, rock in hand.

Could you imagine?

God Bless all of you moms who fearlessly guide and direct your kids regardless of what the neighbors and peers might think.

A hundred more Toya Grahams could have saved buildings from being burned and innocent people from being beaten.

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©Copyright 2015 Rick Jensen, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Rick Jensen is Delaware's award-winning conservative talk show host on WDEL, streaming live on WDEL.com from 1pm — 4pm EST. Contact Rick at rick@wdel.com, or follow him on Twitter @Jensen1150WDEL.

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