For Mothers | Maritzburg College

For Mothers

For Mothers

The focus this week for the boys at school is to improve work ethic as one of our main academic goals for the year, which is key as our mid-year exams are imminent. However, more importantly, this Sunday is Mother’s Day and a time to acknowledge the significant role of mothers in our boys’ lives. In a more light-hearted vein, I refer to the following lines of verse by an anonymous writer:


“Things my mother taught me”

My Mother taught me LOGIC..
.”If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you can’t go to the shops with me.”

My Mother taught me TO THINK AHEAD…
“If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job!”

My Mother taught me TO MEET A CHALLENGE…
“What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you…Don’t talk back to me!”

My Mother taught me HUMOUR…
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

My Mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT..
.”If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.

My mother taught me about GENETICS..
.”You are just like your father!”

My mother taught me about the WISDOM of AGE…
“When you get to be my age, you will understand.”

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION…
“Just wait until your father gets home.”

My mother taught me about RECEIVING…
“You are going to get it when we get home.”

And, my all-time favourite – JUSTICE…
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like YOU — then you’ll see what it’s like.”


As Sunday is Mother’s Day, it is appropriate to focus on what mothers want from their sons and I suggest the following; “for you to be truly happy & safe, for you to have close, decent friends & to treasure friendship, for you to be proud of yourself & to build esteem in others, for you to have a zest for life & an enthusiasm for ensuring that you extricate the marrow from the bone of life, for you to offer deeper answers than ‘Ok’ & ‘fine’ to questions and to have a good conversation, for you to write your own words in the ‘Mother’s Day Card’, to give your mom a heartfelt hug to show that you love her, to spend quality time with her, to show her genuine attention, to do random act of kindness RAK e.g. make her a cup of tea, coffee, pick a rose from the garden…”


I challenged our boys with a TASK for Mother’s Day: Make sure you show your mom on Sunday that you love her and do something special for her that is unsolicited


I wish all mothers a very special day with their sons on Sunday. Thank you for the significant role that you have played in your son’s lives to date.


Pro Aris et Focis

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