Thanks, mothers

Today’s mothers have a real challenge! Did I say that just to lift up the mothers because of Mother’s Day? No, I said it because it’s the truth and I’ll explain why.

When my wife and I got married, I had a job at the General Electric plant here in Tiffin. It was a good job and paid a decent wage along with good benefits, including health insurance. I earned enough to support my wife and kids. It was that way with many families. In those days, I didn’t have to worry too much about a job because there were plenty of them out there. It was that way in many families. Well, in those days, it was. But today, you can say the same thing about the economy as has been said about the ol’ gray mare: “She ain’t what she used to be.”

Those good-paying factory jobs with all the benefits are pretty much gone, which means that with just the husband working, it’s difficult if not impossible to support a family. The bottom line is that in many cases, the mother — with all her household duties — has found it necessary to go out and find another job. Of course, she still has her normal household duties that she must take care of, and it is a lot of work.

So to all mothers, I hope you have a very pleasant Mother’s Day.


Frank SanGregory,