Editorial: Week's end

May. 10, 2013 @ 07:07 PM

On Sunday, we celebrate the women who brought us into this world.

For this week’s end, we’ve gathered thoughts from famous sons and daughters that we think are worth sharing.

And we’ve also pulled together some wisdom gleaned from followers of our Twitter feed at @TheHerald_Sun and our theheraldsun Facebook page.

First, the famous:

  • “I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.” – Martha Gellhorn.
  • “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln.
  • “Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart, it don’t mean a thing.” – Toni Morrison.
  • Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.” – Ambrose Bierce.
  • “My mother always said ‘Don’t bother other people.’ I think that’s good advice.” – Amy Sedaris.
  • “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac.
  • “Memories of mother drying my tears, reading aloud, cutting cookies and singing as she did, listening to prayers I said as I knelt with my forehead pressed against her knee, tucking me in bed and turning down the light. They have carried me through the years and given my life such a firm foundation that it does not rock beneath flood or tempest.” – Margaret Sanger.
  • “If I was damned of body and soul,
    I know whose prayers would make me whole,
    Mother o' mine, O mother o'mine.” - Rudyard Kipling.

Now, the best motherly advice collected from our friends on Facebook and Twitter:

  • “St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Day are meant for amateurs only. Avoid!” – Jan Smiddy on Facebook.
  • “1. Don’t take advice from anyone but your mother. 2. Never give advice to anyone except your children.” – Chris Meinecke on Facebook.
  • “Its vs. It's; Their vs. There vs. They're; Loser vs. Looser; Fewer vs. Less; and the dreaded dangling participle.” – The Durham Sheriff’s Office (@DurhamSheriff) on Twitter.
  • “Pick your battles.” – Jennifer Lohmann (@jferlohmann) on Twitter.
  • “Never believe ‘I can’t!’ My mom always told me to hold my head up high and rock the world despite my blindness.” – John Miller (@blindtravel) on Twitter.

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Since he was still in high school, back in 2009, Justin Brodie Clark has devoted himself to the plight of impoverished children in Romania.

Now, the 22-year-old Creedmoor resident is starting a two-year gig through Assist International with the Caminul Felix orphanage in the Romanian city of Oradea, according to an article by The Herald-Sun’s Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan.

“I just want to be there to serve,” said Clark, who will tutor Roma children in English, among other things. “I’m excited about the opportunity to learn.”

For his devotion to helping these less-privileged children, Clark earns the Durham Grit Award this week.