LaHood Opinion: A celebration of our mothers

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin
Darin LaHood

 Happy Mother’s Day!  Last weekend, we honored our mothers and celebrated the life they gave us.  

We need to remember and express thanks to our mothers for choosing life. Life is a precious gift and we need to protect it at all stages.

A mother’s tales are often the ones that we take for granted as we grow older. 

I hope you used this Mother’s Day to reflect on your mother’s advice. If circumstances prevented you from being with your mother or grandmother, make sure to say thanks to these special ladies for giving us life.

 These days we have what seems to be an ever-increasing amount of holidays and observances, which get lost in the shuffle of our daily lives. 

Hundreds of causes have special days, weeks or months, but one such observance is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

 Mother’s Day was first recognized in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday of May as the official nationwide observance. Mother’s Day origins stretch back hundreds of years to a number of European nations. 

Mother’s Day, like its June counterpart Father’s Day, are both excellent opportunities to recognize the importance of family and be thankful for our parents. Today’s mother is amazing and there’s really no other word to describe them. Because our mothers give us life, nurture the family and keep the peace at home — let’s celebrate them and life. I am a firm believer that life begins at conception and that our society has an obligation to protect the rights of the unborn.

 Life is a precious thing and maintaining a strong stance in defense of life has been a cornerstone of my service in Springfield. The traditional definition of life is nothing to be ashamed of or run from because it’s a celebration of motherhood and everything that is good about a family. Our defense and celebration of life will lead to a stronger state and nation.

Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap, is the 37th District state senator, who represents Chillicothe, as well as other communities.