Here at Burnt Orange Report, many of us credit our wonderful Moms with inspiring us to become politically active and engage in making the world a better place.
In honor of Mother's Day, a few of us have written about why our Moms are so special and important to us.
To all of the Moms out there and all of the strong women helping raise the world's children, and everyone who fills that crucial maternal role, thank you for all that you do every single day.
Below the jump, learn about why our Moms are so great!
There's not enough words to describe the immense amount of gratitude I have towards my mother — from enduring those long 36 hours of labor for my birth, to crossing the border for my brothers and me to have a chance at a better life, and to learning to come to terms with my sexual orientation and accepting me as her gay son. My mom is simply my inspiration, and I hope to one day be as dedicated to my kids as my mother always has been for her children.
— Omar Araiza
My mom is the coolest because she spent the whole day yesterday working the polls as part of her commitment to helping people vote. This is just one of many days she's spent at the polls – not to mention the hundreds of others she's spent working to increase turnout in Montgomery County.
— Emily Cadik
I have many amazing women in my life. My Mamaw, who lives in Arizona, and my Granny, who lives in Houston, have always been two of my biggest supporters. I am lucky to have two such women in my life, to teach me, love me, and help me grow. I also have two moms. My mom, Cheryl, and my stepmom, Pam. I can't imagine my life without either of them. Pam has taught me so much about seeing the world in different ways. She is a fighter and smart as a whip, and she's never afraid to dream big. And my mom, Cheryl, is my best friend. I know I can always count on her, and she helps me to be the best version of myself. She always believes in me.
With so many strong women in my life, perhaps it is no surprise I turned out the way I did! Happy Mother's Day to Mary Jo, Shirley, Pam and Cheryl. I love y'all!
— Genevieve Cato
I wouldn't be the voter I am today if it weren't for my Mom, who always took me with her to cast a ballot at the polling location in my elementary school gym — never, ever, ever missing an election. We voted on imposing metal machines with thick curtains that clanged shut and heavy red levers that marked an X next to her chosen candidate's name. I couldn't wait to turn 18 so that I, too, could vote.
My Mom also inspired me to care about social justice from a young age by living the example of giving back to those who were less fortunate. She has always been very generous with her time, and inspired me to do the same — and to understand that with the good fortune comes an obligation to give back.
— Katherine Haenschen
Without my mom, I wouldn't be involved in politics. She taught me the importance of paying attention to elected officials and being a part of your community from a young age. Politics was always on in our house–during the 1992 election, I was only 1 year old, but I knew all the names of the candidates by heart.
My mom took me to volunteer on my first campaign when I was 13. I worked on a state rep campaign and I was hooked. It's also thanks to her that I read constantly when I was a kid and became a better writer–thanks for getting me involved in politics and writing so I could be a part of BOR, Mom!
My mom showed me the importance of standing up for what's right, even if it's difficult. Without her, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I love you mom–happy Mother's Day!
— Katie Singh