I haven’t been able to stop thinking about her story since I sat across the table from a woman earlier this week as she recounted the days of hardship and hunger she and her seven children had to endure.
Forced into a relationship she naively thought would save her from childhood abuse became the worse nightmare she could have possibly imagined. Then children came into the picture. Ultimately still a child herself, she did what she had to do. She tried to be the best mom she could despite the horrific circumstances.
She found herself shackled to a man who could care less about “his woman” or his children.
He drank. He womanized. He beat.
He did not love.
He did nothing to help provide for the seven children he fathered. Even though he sold fruit and vegetables, the most (though still rarely) he did was throw a rotten tomato or cabbage head on the table.
His children suffered from hunger pains constantly and were severely malnourished.
“His woman” did the best she could. She’d use the little she could scavenge to feed her children, which included using one egg to feed her seven children.
7 children. 1 egg.
Can you imagine?
I’m not yet a mom but my heart cannot comprehend how difficult it must have been to look her sweet little ones in the eye, seeing the hunger pains and knowing all I could give them was not just an egg but 1/7 of an egg.
What kind of heart-break, shame, guilt, depression and deep sadness must this mom have felt? How did she survive living beneath such a heavy load?
Her children, all grown now, recognize though often she could not give them a table full of food, she gave them a heart full of love.
She was the best mom in the world to them because she LOVED them.
Here in Honduras, Mother’s Day is like a New Year’s party! They celebrate BIG just like the rest of world will tomorrow as well.
Moms around the world face difficulties and challenges most of us living in the USA cannot begin to fathom.
They fight for food. They fight for education. They fight for shelter. They fight for the very best that they can for their children.
Moms, other moms need you.
Women, other women need you.
You can wear jewelry that supports other moms. You can decorate your home with home goods made by vulnerable women. You can donate your time and resources in organizations like SoloHope that work to empower and give hope and share Jesus with women and their families so we don’t continue hearing stories of seven children sharing one egg.
If moms and women around the world unite this Mother’s Day to say “we are for each other,” what a force to be reckoned with we will be!
To moms everywhere, we love you. We are inspired by you and we wish you the happiest of Mother’s Days!