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

About Ms. C

I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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