Thursday, February 2, 2006

Close to Nowhere
By Linda Jones

Mothers...good and bad

Some days I think maybe I need to stop watching the national news in the mornings. I won’t, but sometimes...

Monday morning I thought I’d have to sedate Pop, even though it was only 5:30 a.m.

In a news clip from Brazil (I think), a couple fishermen literally fished a baby out of a lake.

Seems like a mother had taken her baby, dressed her in pink and little booties, tied her up in a black plastic garbage bag and tossed her off a bridge into a lake.

Fishermen heard kittens or something crying, so with a stick, they pulled the bag out of the water, tore it open and to their astonishment — a beautiful little baby girl! On the news clip you can hear the men repeatedly saying “Madre Dios!”

Fortunately for the beautiful baby girl, who looked to be a month or so old anyway, she is fine and safe in a Brazilian hospital.

Pop was not so fine. He was nearly livid at the thought of any baby in a plastic trash bag. He ranted the rest of the morning!

The news is also featuring a mother who tried to poison and then smothered her three children and then apparently tried to poison herself.

Then Tuesday morning the news was filled with news of the passing of Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr.

News clips were played repeatedly showing Mrs. King as a staunch and supportive wife and civil rights activist.

And rarely did anyone talk about her without talking about her as a mother.

As a mother and grandmother, one of my worst and darkest fears is something happening to my children and grandchildren.

As I watched the news this morning and saw once again the trials and tribulations the King family endured, I marveled at how strong Mrs. King was — and what a wonderful mother she appeared to be.

I heard the King children speaking at various awards functions for their mother and the love and admiration for their mother shone through every word spoken.

She must have been an incredibly strong woman. I know I have always admired her calm and serenity amid the turmoil of the times.

I guess there will always be the horrific news of mothers (and fathers) abusing and killing their children.

Fortunately, there are enough mothers like Coretta Scott King around to stand strong and be role models for the rest of us mothers. The world is a better place for having had Coretta Scott King in it.

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