For the MOMMAVORES…
In Spartan culture, mothers were the equal of the warriors and were the heads of the household. For without the mother, there would be no warrior. The small city-state thrived because of military strength. While men defended Spartan culture women fostered it, the women ran the estate, supervised helots (more or less slaves) over all domestic matters, and raised their children as warriors or wives of warriors. There were only two ways to have a marked gravestone in ancient Sparta – a mother would die in the process of childbirth and a warrior would die in battle.
Mothers are recognized within the Naval Special Warfare Community. It is a special point during the graduation ceremony of a SEAL when both parents stand, but it is only after the mother has stood. There was not a handshake given to a mom by an admiral, a vice admiral, a governor, or a SEAL team leader in which she was not thanked – A POWERFUL GESTURE INDEED.
The sacrifices mothers make are unheralded. Momma Panko worked from 10pm-5am so her kids could attend football and wrestling camp, play travel volleyball, pick out shoes at Galyans, and drive without paying for gas or insurance. She dealt with teenage girl matters which her daughter seemed ably adept at making endless, two sons that produced stitches, bike wrecks, torn up sod, the consummation of a flame and WD-40, burnt lawns, flowers mowed over, a basketball goal nearly leveled with an F-250, food money blown on fireworks, a busted out front tooth, a couple knock down drag out fights, two flipped vehicles (attributed solely to the older) and a sage elderly father all too happy to dial up the Avon Fire Department at the behest of clogged personal plumbing – “son I can’t $h!t or piss.”
Working on about three hours of sleep each 24 hour cycle, she ran the hospitality room for every Avon Wrestling event from 1999-2005 and for every UIndy Wrestling event from 2006-2010. She served at Avon Junior Athletic Association for a decade and on the Avon Quarterback Club for 8 years. She sat top row, 50 yard line, right under the press box at all Avon football games from 1997-2004, only because she would wait outside the stadium on Thursday afternoon to tape a blanket down first. She was the first in the gym for all wrestling and volleyball events and has made more food for teammates than the president has private sector jobs.
Recent news headlines have insinuated the wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney has led an easy life because she never had a job outside the house. While there is no doubt the wealth her husband has earned could make them seem distant, stay at home moms are not lazy and work extremely hard. The baby gets taken care of, the house gets cleaned, the laundry gets washed, dried, and folded, the sheets gets changed, the dishes get hand washed, the neighborhood kids get dealt with, and there is a meal on the table at the end of the day. Or in other cases, all of that gets done and the mom is tough enough to work nights.
Mothers are the backbone of the American household. Every day is Independence Day and every day should be Mother’s Day. Moms portray hard work, dedication, diligence, sacrifice, initiative, and persistence that do not go unnoticed.
PANKO Strength & Speed sends a thank you to all the moms that make possible incredible childhood experiences for their children. Education does not matter. Wealth does not matter. Earthly possessions do not matter. Job outside the home or being in charge of the home, it does not matter. Pulling duty alone or being the strong half of the provider and protector, or being the provider and protector, it does not matter. All that matters is the unconditional love and guidance that is shown to a young soul that will soak it up like a sponge, achieve their American Dream(s), and pass it on to the next generation as lovingly as was passed to them.
PANKO Strength & Speed, Proud Stewards of the American Dream