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Letters to the Editor - May 10

May 10, 2012

Mothers have a great responsibility


To the editor:

Women have had struggles over the years as they went from primarily being homemakers and raising the children to doing a balancing act by adding a career to their daily agenda. Although technology is fast replacing human hands to do our work, it will never replace the tender hands of women when it comes to the amazing role of motherhood.

By the time men and women reach our “golden years,” most of us can look back, often shocked by some of the things we have heard or seen. For every mother who gently carries and lovingly raises a child, there are those who have little understanding of the important position God has given them.

A mother's words will forever be imprinted on the heart, mind and the spirit of her child. Silence can send a harsh message to little ones and overly stern words spoken in times of frustration or weariness can sear an invisible label of shame into children. A wounded child can stay hidden within an adult, sometimes hindering growth along the journey of life. When sadness is left unattended, it may take root and turn to bitterness, sickness or depression in later years.

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,” were the words of Abraham Lincoln. Mothers can mold presidents, cradle in their warm arms the child who might find the cure for cancer or give birth to the next Billy Graham. Their power to lift up, or potentially destroy another life, is within each woman who takes on the role and responsibility of becoming a mother.

I miss my own mom at Mother's Day and I remain forever grateful for the prayers and example she gave me.


Kate Prado
Hagerstown




This week, thank a nurse for their efforts


To the editor:

This is National Nurses Week. As a nurse, a clinical manager at Meritus Wound Center and a lifelong resident of Washington County, I feel compelled to share my experience and feelings with you and your readers.

One of the most significant parts of what makes Washington County special is the people. As we begin celebrating National Nurses Week, we not only celebrate the men and women of nursing, but we also celebrate our community.

Nurses are not only selfless caregivers and healers; they are also our neighbors. The strength of our region is supported through nurses living within the community contributing to civic pride and sharing their talents with us all. The sacrifice, grace, mercy and care that are incumbent in professional nursing do not stop at the end of a shift. As nurses, it is who we are. We never turn off our calling to care for the sick and support healing.

At this time of year, I ask the entire community to join me in thanking the men and women who make up the division of nursing within the Meritus Health System and also the many other partner nurses in our community on whom we rely every day. Take time to notice the many nurses around you that we sometimes forget until we are ill and need them. Renew the spirit of our nurses through the gift of gratitude. Washington County is a special community made exceptional through the art and science of nursing practice, both in clinical settings and in our neighborhoods. During this important week, please thank a nurse for making our lives and community a little bit better.

I especially wish to thank the nurses of the Wound Center, HBO nurses, inpatient wound nurses and IV infusion nurses for the exceptional work that they do in caring for the patients that we serve on a daily basis. God bless you all!


Ann Stone Roney
Keedysville

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