Theodore Roosevelt on Motherhood
|Theodore Roosevelt with his family|
This morning Pastor Curell mentioned an address made by President Theodore Roosevelt to the National Congress of Mothers in 1905. Though I've very recently read a biography of this remarkable man to my children, I had never heard of this speech. It's superb!
Here's a short selection:
Inasmuch as I am speaking to an assemblage of mothers, I shall have nothing whatever to say in praise of an easy life. Yours is the work which is never ended. No mother has an easy time, the most mothers have very hard times; and yet what true mother would barter her experience of joy and sorrow in exchange for a life of cold selfishness, which insists upon perpetual amusement and the avoidance of care, and which often finds its fit dwelling place in some flat designed to furnish with the least possible expenditure of effort the maximum of comfort and of luxury, but in which there is literally no place for children?
There is so much more. Roosevelt had scathing things to say about two-child by choice families and the value of duty over rights. Very excellent! You can read the speech in its entirety here. But you might prefer to listen to it. Youtube has a stirring Librivox recording by Paul Adams reading the speech and you can follow along with scrolling text. Part I is here and Part II is here.
|T.R. with his granddaughter|