Ask Only What You Can Pour For Your Mother…

Old-timers and history buffs – I am in the former category – will remember President Kennedy’s now iconic statement, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”  I always liked this statement because I think it speaks to the duty and responsibility of citizenship.  I think too many folks have moved away from recognizing that duty and responsibility – what a pity.

But the thing that kept President Kennedy’s statement ever-fresh for me (seeing as I was only four years old when he died), was the revamped statement that I first came upon in the nineties.  The revamped version shifted the focus from the country to your mother.

As a mother, I endorse this statement.  I have been using this one for decades now. But lo and behold, I happened upon another version in the most recent What on Earth catalog.  Now that I have three grown children, I think I will need to incorporate this new version into my repertoire.


Do you suppose it is wrong to use the inspiring words of a former president to your own selfish advantage? Wait…only answer that if you are a mother…a mother who has lived through teenagers.  You are right there with me aren’t you moms?  There is a debt to be paid by the offspring that you successfully navigated back from teenager-hood to humanity. Spread the word…the sense of duty and responsibility needs to be hammered home. 😉

Day one thousand three hundred and eighty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C