from Rep. Kristine Howard (D-167):
Happy Mother’s Day! Last year I sent a Mother’s Day email.It started with this paragraph:
“We won’t be going out for brunch, or having visits from our grown children, or seeing grandchildren, other than via a screen. (Yay for that technology). Maybe some of us are “fortunate” enough to have children still living at home, or college students forced back home. And there are moms at home both blessed and stressed with young children displaced from their schools and pre-schools during this quarantine.”
It ended with this paragraph:
“I look forward to celebrating Mother’s Day next year and living in a country with a new empathetic President, a state with a new progressive majority in the legislature and a community with the will and fortitude to address the devastation we have recently experienced and the inequities that existed long before this pandemic began.”
What a difference a year makes.
Little did I know this year I would be celebrating Mother’s Day knowing my kids and I are fully vaccinated; three of my adult children would be moving on in life with one approaching a masters degree, another readying for her junior year at West Chester and yet another becoming a sophomore there; my second oldest daughter is now in California serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and my third oldest daughter is relocating to Manhattan pursuing an outstanding career opportunity.
Reading last year’s email, I am pleased we are indeed living in a country with “a new empathetic President” and that children are returning to school and moms and dads are are going back to work. And although there is much to celebrate, we are a grieving nation with 570,000 souls lost and now seeing threats to our democracy we could not have imagined a year ago.
In the last year, we have proven we can overcome adversity and aspire to better days. I am going to build on that and hope you will join me in looking forward to and working for better times to come.
Thanks for reading,