The woman, later a mother after marriage, plays an important role in ensuring the continuity of the human race on earth.
“The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” is a line of a poem written by the American poet, William Ross Wallace, summarizing in nine words a dignified thought which cannot be so forcefully expressed even by a volume of many pages. This is a celebrated saying often quoted in appreciation of the important work done by a woman both as a wife and a mother. A cradle is a small box-like cot where a mother keeps her baby and moves it to and fro until it sleeps.It does not merely refer to the mother’s activity of lulling her small one to sleep but has a deeper meaning embedded therein, namely her capability of bringing up children, with superior qualities, who will be a blessing to the society. There is no better way to demonstrate the worth of a woman as a mother than by quoting the sayings of famous men about their mothers. “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother” is what Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, said about his mother.
Another American President, George Washington, admitted his success in life to his mother when he affirmed “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her”. No other testimony than the above is needed to bear out the worth of a good mother. An intelligent mother is always careful to observe her child’s behaviour, his utterances, the kind of friends with whom he associates and checks if he is treading on the wrong path.It is up to her to put him on the correct route whenever she sees that he is drifting in a false direction. She does this by her kind advice without hurting the child’s feeling.
It is this sort of wise guidance that generates in him valuable and constructive attitudes and inspirations which can go a long way to make his future life fruitful and advantageous to the society. History abounds with examples of famous people who made a great contribution to build up the human society to what it is today. Their biographical accounts reveal that their mothers were mainly responsible to charter their lives towards the ambition of their preference.The well-known English novelist, Sir Walter Scott, was influenced by his mother who was immensely interested in poetry and literature. Then there is the famous ordinary Corsican child of the French Revolution, Napolean Bonaparte, who finally became the Emperor of France and changed the entire course of the European history. His mother, Letizia, was a hard disciplinarian who always punished her children to teach and discipline them to face the reality of life.
This is what he says about his mother. “She sometimes made me go to bed without supper, as if there were nothing to eat in the house.One had to learn to suffer and not let others see it.
” This kind of discipline taught to him by her must be the main reason for his successful military career. It is admitted that most of the famous people, whose names have found a niche in history, are grateful to their mothers for shaping their destiny which brought about the vital social and material changes, which we are enjoying today. While dealing with this subject, we cannot forget that, at that period of time, they devoted their entire time to look after their children and attend to other domestic chores.As a result of this, they were able to gift to the world distinguished individuals who, in turn, did an inestimable service to the progress of human civilization.
Would this have been possible if, as at present, they had been working mothers unable to devote their full time to build up their children’s decent moral conduct? This is the negative side of working mothers, who are away at their work places and are not in a position to make a constructive impact on their children’s wholesome value structure.Hasn’t the subjugation of the noble role of motherhood to the needs of economic gains resulted in a greater harm to the modern society, more particularly to the younger generation? This is a matter that should receive everybody’s serious attention because its ramifications are very complex. Today, there is a general lamentation everywhere that children have little care for their parents and neglect them completely when they are old. On the other hand, there is a rapid increase in criminality and people are conducting themselves as savages.What is the cogent reason behind this moral degeneration? There is no necessity to go far to find out the reasons for this bad situation. If children do not treat their parents lovingly, or they have a tendency to move away from them, the fault lies in the fact that parents, more especially mothers, hadn’t been with them during the formative stage of their childhood to give them the essential affection and guidance, which are an absolute concomitant needed to put together in them a strong and loving personality seasoned with a rich value system.
The consequence is that grown-up children, in turn, feel – rightly or wrongly – that there is no obligation for them to return that reciprocal love which was denied to them during their childhood. This is the bitter side of the story of the ‘hand not rocking the cradle ruling the world’.