To the mom whose child is hungry and has nothing to eat, I see you and your desperation.
To the mom who works multiple jobs and feels like she cannot provide enough for her children, I see you and your desperation.
To the mom who smuggled her child on a boat or a truck, across multiple countries to try to provide a better life, I see you and your desperation.
To the mom that decided she couldn’t keep her child and gave him up for adoption, I see you and your desperation.
To the mom who sees her child struggling with a mental illness, I see you and your desperation.
To the mom who is in a war-torn country and has children that have seen things no child should ever see, I see you and your desperation.
To the mom whose child is sick and cannot afford medical care, I see you and your desperation.
As moms, we look out for our children. That is our job. And, when we feel that we are failing at that, we become desperate. There are many desperate moms out there right now that need our help. As moms of privilege, let us not forget that to those whom much is given, much is required. Let us not hide behind our privilege and pretend that others do not live in desperate situations. We are better than that. Instead, let’s band together and bring empathy to the table.
Empathy is defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” Please don’t confuse it with sympathy, as empathy is actually putting yourself in the shoes of another instead of just feeling compassion or pity for another’s hardships. Let’s put ourselves in another mom’s shoes before we judge them and their decisions. Then, let’s put our shoes back on and help them. Because, when your time of need and desperation comes, I hope someone helps you as well.