Celebrating Mom

5/11/2013 7:00 AM
By Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor

A mom’s work is never done. Growing up, I was always impressed by the farm moms I knew, including my own mother and grandmothers. Somehow, they seemed to always have it together and to make it seem easy.

Salary.com does an annual analysis to calculate the value of a mother’s work. This year, it came up with a salary of $113,586, up almost $600 from last year’s figures.

A working mom’s at-home 2013 salary also increased more than $500 to $67,436. A working mom’s at-home salary should be combined with her actual work salary to determine her total annual salary.

The list of a mother’s duties included CEO, cook, van driver, physiologist, janitor, day care teacher and other tasks tied to managing a household and family.

For farm wives, the listing gets more involved when you include duties that are tied to the farm operation.

However, when we think of what makes mothers so special, it is not the duties on their overloaded “to-do list” but their investments in their families.

Last Sunday evening, Dick Vaughn, senior pastor of Mount Calvary Church in Elizabethtown, Pa., said the most important gift parents give to their children is their “presence” in their children’s lives.

He described how in his childhood, it was the “presence” of his mother and father at games and school and church functions that he now appreciates most about his parents. It is the most valuable gift he remembers receiving from his parents.

Oftentimes, when staff and correspondents interview children and young farmers for features for Lancaster Farming, the recurring theme of the love and support of parents comes through.

Many talk about the sacrifices their mothers, and fathers, made in support of their agricultural endeavors — from giving time as 4-H leaders to serving as chauffeurs when they were county dairy princesses to counseling them through unforeseen challenges in their farm projects — all in addition to a mother’s traditional roles.

It was those kinds of mothers who prompted Anna Jarvis of Grafton, W.Va., to lead the push to formally establish Mother’s Day as a holiday after the death of her own mother.

The first Mother’s Day celebration was at Andrews Methodist Church in 1908, and Jarvis got her wish for a national holiday when a joint resolution in Congress, approved in 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Tomorrow, children will celebrate their mothers with handmade cards, flowers, gifts and family gatherings to tell them “thank you.”

To add to the celebration in your own family, be sure to check out the Mother’s Day photos submitted by our readers on Page B2 in this issue of Lancaster Farming.


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