Barren Mothers Also Need to be Honored 

Most women look forward to this day because it is the one day except their birthdays when they are pampered by everyone everywhere. Their children, friends, colleagues and children call to wish them a happy mother’s day and send gifts. It is the one day most women feel proud of having endured pregnancy and labour to give life.

But not the barren mother. You wonder how one can be barren and a mother at the same time? Well, some women may never have carried a baby in their womb but they have taken care of children of friends and relatives for most parts of their lives. They know much about child raising just women who have been to the delivery wards. But our society rarely appreciates such women.

Churches call on mothers to stand up so they would be acknowledged and some notoriously exclude the barren ones forgetting that it takes one more than pushing a baby out of the body to be a mother. It takes tireless commitment and unconditional affection to raise children whether biological or not. That is why such goodhearted women should equally be appreciated for their contribution to the lives of children.

Instead of making Mothers’ Day a sad moment for barren mothers and making them incomplete because they don’t have children of their own, we could make them feel honoured for raising children who weren’t theirs like their own offspring.

They changed our diapers, bathed us, fed us, watched us as we slept during those sick days and attended to our wounds. They celebrated with us when we excelled in school and cried with us whenever our bodies betrayed us. Isn’t it unfair to relegate them to the background when we celebrating mothers?

This year, I want to pay homage to all mothers both biological and social for raising us and our children to become who we are today. May God richly bless you and may your efforts be rewarded on earth and in eternity.


© Josephine Amoako 2017

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful photo, great thoughts.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thank you for reading ☺


  2. Naana says:

    Some barren women have indeed been great mothers to some of us. Thanks Josey for appreciating them. God bless you

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    1. joseyphina says:

      God bless you too for reading, Naana. Happy mothers’ day to you!

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      1. Naana says:

        A great one to you too

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  3. You are so right of know so many non biological mothers who even more outstanding than the PUSH ones

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes ooo… Happy mothers’day!

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      1. Same to you dear

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  4. gracelarbi says:

    Great piece there, but I think ‘barren’ makes it rather harsh. Surrogate mothers will be better.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I know… I intentionally used the word because that is how society refers to them despite their motherly contribution.


  5. jeffreybotah says:

    Being a mother is so much more than the biological relationship. If a child knows they can rely on a woman around them for anything and she helps to build the child then she should be celebrated. Great, thought inspiring post.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Very well said, Jeffrey. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts ☺


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