The words to “Mother to Son” were relevant lo those many years ago when they were written, and they are still relevant today. The news media is full of tragic stories about African-American boys being shot by police, incarcerated and denied equitable opportunities. The notion of a hard staircase full of splinters, ripped up carpeting and dark pathways is real and must be faced.
As the mother of an African-American boy I am keenly aware of the responsibility my husband and I have to encourage, inspire and motivate our son to be his best at school, at home and at all he attempts. It is not easy to help a young boy understand that life is not always fair but he still has to do his best. It is hard to see the confusion and sadness on my son’s face as he watches the news and sees little boys like him being mistreated. it is hard to answer him when he wonders why no one sees little black boys as precious and valuable as his parents do.
One of the great things about this poem is that it has been around for such a long time. This is a great thing because it enables you to teach your children that hard times come, but they don’t last. It is also great because it shows children that hard times are not something new and strange, but something that people have always had to find ways to handle. These things are all important because they provide hope that while hard times will come, they don not last forever and they can be overcome.
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