I mean it. Amy Glass is telling the truth. Glass is being honest when she says, “I look down on young women with husbands and kids.” Of course, her comments set off a firestorm of outrage after she posted her controversial blog. And, Glass ruffled more than a few feathers when she boldly stated that wives and moms could never be “exceptional.” She even asked “why on earth are we settling for average” by JUST being wives and moms?
More than telling the “truth” of her own opinion, Glass is actually telling the truth of our culture. If we’re being brutally honest, OUR CULTURE LOOKS DOWN ON WOMEN WITH HUSBANDS AND KIDS. So, as much as Glass’ statements bother me, she is boldly pointing out the dirty underbelly of our culture.
How many moms have told me they’re tired of saying, “I’m just a mom.” When I was a “stay-at-home mom” [yes, that’s right Amy Glass, I settled for the unexceptional position of SAHM], I remember moms saying they felt nobody valued them and their role as moms. They felt “looked down on” by our culture. And, often, they were. I remember when I left my job as a TV Reporter to become a stay-at-home mom, nobody seemed to think I was important anymore… except maybe my husband and kids.
So, Amy Glass IS telling “the truth,” but she’s not telling The Truth. The Truth (I think the Creator would agree) is that being a mom is an exceptional position. I believe, deep down, Glass knows that. I’ll admit that when moms don’t fill their mothering positions very well, then they ARE truly “unexceptional.” But, when a mom fills her job exceptionally and raises her children well, she is invaluable to our society. That brings me to a joke: “What’s the difference between a drug-addicted criminal and Abraham Lincoln?” Answer: “A good mom.” So, without a good mom in the picture, our nation would not have had the benefit of an exceptional President like Abraham Lincoln.
Even noted liberal, Cornel West, wrote a whole book (The War Against Parents) on the premise that kids raised by attentive and dedicated parents (including moms) are, typically, more able to contribute to our society and not be a drain on our society. So there you go, Glass… West provides proof that being a mom isn’t choosing to be “average.” In fact, if you choose to be a dedicated and committed mother, you are far above average. You are priceless… to our society and to our world.
~ by Jenny Dean Schmidt, Host of Channelmom