Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Someone There Who Hopes for Us

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Someone There Who Hopes for Us

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Byline: STEPHEN O'GRADY Deputy Editor

From the Friendship Book of Francis Gay comes a succinct and insightful definition of a mother: "Someone who hopes for you."

Mother's Day, a diary date that somehow manages to rise above Hallmark commercialism, presents us with a window of time to consider those five words.

"Someone who hopes for you."

Battle weary and bereft of inspiration it is often too simple to surrender to worldly ways. Too easily are our bright ideas, childhood dreams and morning plans left strewn across lifetime's footpath as we summon up just enough energy to hustle and bustle our way to the end of a week.

In the midst of a global financial crisis, high hopes are cruelly cut down. And what are we without hope?

From the very moment each of us comes into the world, our mothers begin to harbour hopes for our futures.

A mother doing it tough can look down upon her new arrival and summon fresh hope that her little one will rise from the social mire. …

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