Mothers can influence history. If sons would only listen. Mothers’ Day has come and gone. I got to thinking what an impact they could be on our lives. An old saying goes: The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Through the ages, men have attributed their success to their mothers even if they did not always take their advice
Here are some imaginary talks that may have occurred in history.
Ferdinand Magellan told Mom: “I’m going to sail around the world.”
Mom: “Don’t be silly. You can’t sail around the world. It’s flat and if you get too close to the edge, you could fall off.”
Columbus: “Hi, Mom, I’m going to find a new route to the East and I’m going to sail west.”
Mom: “Are you nuts? It won’t work.”
After Columbus got here, the land was settled and soon there were thirteen colonies. They got disgusted with all the taxes the British were imposing and in a rage, they dumped a lot of tea in Boston Harbor. Their mothers chided them for wasting perfectly good tea that way. Did they listen? No, they went on to declare their independence and the Revolution resulted.
History tells us of many mistakes men made and all because they did not listen to good old Mom.
I bet Ben Franklin’s Mom tried to get him inside instead of flying a kite during a thunderstorm but did he listen?
Harry Truman’s Mom might have told him to stick to men’s Haberdashery and stay clear of politics.
More recently, Richard Nixon mentioned his Mom during his tearful resignation from the presidency and said she was a saint. But he did not listen to her either when she said, ”Don’t record all those conversations in your office. They can only spell trouble.”
Now we hear talk about building a wall to keep people out of our country. Remember the wall they built in Europe trying to keep people IN? Didn’t work either. I bet they didn’t listen to Mom either.
Paul Revere’s mom: “No you can’t go riding at Midnight. Your Pa needs the horse. Go to bed.”
There was once a program on television called “Father Knows best.”
Should have had one called “Mother knows best.”