Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mothers out there. A special happy Mother’s Day wish to all of you mothers who are raising, or have raised, your children on your own.
I come from a single parent home where my mother had to both bring home the bacon and fry it up. My biggest regret is not appreciating how hard it was for her to work that double shift of wage-earning and child-rearing for so many years. She did it all on her own without help from anybody, least of all her ungrateful son. It took me until adulthood to begin to understand how much effort she had put into me and the household.
My mother has been very ill lately, which is one of the major reasons for the tail-off of activity on this blog. I am thankful to at least have her around for Mother’s Day 2012.
Here are a few mother tributes to which I listened as a youth growing up in the big city. Not all of the lyrics apply to me or my mother, obviously, but they capture the struggles of single parenthood and boys learning about manhood without a father figure :
Dear Mama by Tupac
Guess Who by Goodie Mob (Cee-Lo’s old group before he started making crappy music)
On a lighter note, I used to stay up late to watch Uptown Comedy Club just so I could see the “Yo Mama” battles. Since these videos are mostly ripped from VHS tapes from the 1990s, you might need to turn up the volume: