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(By "Alesa.")

We hear a great deal about the follies of the society woman, the strange doings of the woman suff ragette, much of the foolish things .women do, but very little of the goodness of the ordinary fireside woman. She is a plainly-dressed, quiet little woman —“only mother.” Why should anyone make a heroine of her? Yet her life is often a heroic struggle bravely undertaken. A bright, capable young girl, .with all a girl’s dreams of the love and happiness that is to be hers, she leaves a father’s home for a husbancTs. As the years go by her duties increase. She is seldom without a child in her arms, or a little one clinging to her skirts. Life for her becomes a battle-ground. Her days are one long round of never-ending duties, her night’s rest broken very often by a fretful, ailing child. She never thinks of herself —she thinks only of the comfort and happiness of her husband and children. The husband grows indifferent, and takes her devotion as a matter of course, failing to see her increasing need of his love and care. Indeed, he is often tired and dispirited himself. In these days of fierce competition he must be continually alert and watchful, if he is to keep his position and provide for his family*. As the children grow 7 older they must be educated, and that in a way undreamed of years ago. Perhaps the supreme sacrifice ©f a mother for her children is the one she makes to give them better education than she received herself, thought she knows they may despise her and think her old-fashioned. She is used to giving up little pleasures, and all the dainty pretty things women like. She is “only* mother.” I am afraid mothers are not always appreciated as they should be, at least while the mother is there to enjoy it. One by one the children leave home to make their way in the world, and too often mother and father are left alone to their declining y-ears, w r ith but occasional visits from children and gi'andchildren to brighten the days. Happy are they if the love of youth, grown calm and strong through years of struggle, returns again to make sweet the little time still remaining to them.

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"ONLY MOTHER.", Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907

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"ONLY MOTHER." Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907

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