The month of May bespeaks of flowers, the greening of trees and the honoring of motherhood and Mothers Day. I am blessed with 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. With family comes a responsibility and a reverence for all life. That is what moves me to live simply and work towards a peaceful world.
The following are thoughts of women on peace:
"The will for peace will have to start with the women, and they will have to want peace sufficiently to be crusaders. It's up to women." (Eleanor Roosevelt)
"Hope springs maternal." (another mother for peace)
"From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says "Disarm, Disarm." (Julia Ward Howe)
"An aroused woman is unstoppable. We've got the babies." (Dr. Helen Caldicott)
"But women know the next war will be the end of us, our children and our fragile beautiful planet. Our only hope is to prevent war, and the decision on how to do that is too important to be left to men alone." (Joanne Woodward)
In this month that honors mothers, let us heed what these wise women have said. Let us live and work towards a peaceful world.
Roberta Thurstin Timmerman