The Yankees pitcher’s comments had to warm the cockles of moms everywhere, especially this week of all weeks (ahem, look at your calendar).
“You’ve only got one mom, man, and you’ve got to be thankful for her,”
“I still love her.”
Of course, it’s not Joba’s fault that his mom, Jacqueline Standley, was allegedly selling methamphetamines back home in Nebraska.
It isn’t any kid’s fault when mom is a serious mess. But this is certainly sit down and take stock week, especially for parents. Joba’s sort of right – most of us only get one mom (yes, children of lesbians get two, kids in open adoptions get two . . . but the point is, your options are still limited!).
So does that mean we all have to love our moms? Or our dads for that matter? Or does it mean Jacqueline Standley is REALLY lucky to have a son who knows life throws you curveballs?
Ask any parent how their own parents play into their choices as a parent today, and you’ll get one of two answers: 1. They’re doing things the way their parents did it. or 2. They’re trying very hard NOT to do it the way their parents did it.
We might only get one mom (or the equivalent), but that doesn’t mean she had to be any good. And since we won’t all have a Yankees pitcher for a kid, we’d best work our butts off to try to not to make a mess of it.