The politics of Mother’s Day

 The politics of Mother’s Day


I have continued to reflect upon the speech that Sen. Tim Scott, R–S.C., gave after President Joseph Biden’s address to Congress. In light of Mother’s Day last Sunday, it’s fitting to note how Scott spoke of his mother — a woman who “prayed me through some really tough times.” I imagine that description of love and strength rings true for many people.

Yet, it is also true that people have painful experiences with their mothers and that some mothers know only heartache from their children.

For some, Mother’s Day is a celebration of the living. For others, a reminder of the dead. The same day might call to mind great joy or terrible tragedy. The fulfillment of dreams or shattered hopes. A…

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