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Topic: Mothers (05/02/05)
TITLE: Breaking through the Stereotype
By donna robinson
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In the morning she can't wait to pick up her Annie and greet her with the day. They sit and rock as Annie drinks her milk and watches Sesamee Street. Cindy is a work at home mom so soon after that I start taking over with Annie. I use that term loosely as Cindy is always a kiss away and every break is spent with Annie. Once a week she has to travel to the city for business and if she has to stay more than one night, then I pack up Annie and we take the train in to be with her parents. The thought of spending more than one night away from Annie is just unbearable to them. Even if it's one night, we will get calls through out the day so mom can talk to her.
Yes, my little angel has a lot of physical things but she is not spoiled or self centered. She is simply surrounded by love. Cindy worries sometimes that the life style of her community will overpower the work ethic that she wants to instill in Annie. She is preparing now how she will stand up to the "everyone has it" until Annie can work and earn it.
Cindy takes her role as a mother seriously and is always reading ahead to be prepared for Annie's next physical and emotional growth. She is excited about motherhood and we often have long conversations on how to help Annie reach goals. Spiritual goals do not take a second seat with Cindy either. Her church and religion are important to her and I know that Annie will have a strong spiritual base as she grows.
I chose to highlight Cindy'a story here because I feel it is important for Christians to be exposed to the positive stories. It is so easy to slip and take on attitudes of judgements when we read or hear about the negative upscale moms. It is so tempting to generalize and moms often take a beating in the gossip circles.
Personally, I choose to take the high road when someone wants to generalize to me about these older upscale moms. I tell them to take a seat and let me tell them about my Cindy.....
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