The Poem Give Thanks By Sandra Maria Esteves

1801 words - 8 pages

A mother is the first touch, voice and sight a baby has when he or she is born. They rely on their mother to provide them with a safe environment, food and comfort. Being a mother comes with great responsibility and a life long job that the work gets harder every day. Although I myself am not a mother, I have seen this job played out from my own mother who provides her children with a great life. Some mothers are not ready for this job, yet selfishly still choose to keep their children because they are too proud to allow someone else provide their baby with the life they deserve. Child abandonment is a ever rising epidemic not only in The United States, but all around the world. Child ...view middle of the document...

For example, Sandra states,
Give thanks for every time
they went out of your way
to get whatever you needed,
begged and borrowed,
worked morning till night
to make you look outta sight
like you had more than you did,
and left themselves with less
so you could get a decent education” (Esteves).
These are just some of the few things that Sandra Esteves talks about that mothers do for their children. She incorporates the theme of how mothers will do anything for their children because they love them no matter how they look. There are mothers who do not feel this way and would rather care about themselves than their children.
It is clear that the hard work mothers do, pays off in the end when they raise a healthy and well rounded child. What a child experiences at infancy and their younger years, carries on with them throughout their life. For example, if a young child is exposed to an excess amount of violent in the home, they may feel this way or life is correct or how they should act. The exact opposite is true, a child who experiences an abundance of love will believe this is how they should treat others. It is the mother and fathers sole responsibility how they choose to raise their children, but the child has a special bond to the mother that a father cannot replace. The mother is the one who carried them for eight months and provided them with the nutrition that they required. Any two people can create a child, but it takes a special person who is willing to devote a large amount of time to their child to be a mother. Being a mother is a consistent job that has to be worked at day in and day out. There are cases of mothers not wanting to keep with the work and do the things that
Child abandonment is when a parent, or a legal guardian leaves a child without any concern for their health and safety. The mother realizes how much of a responsibility having to take care of someone all day and all night. They believe they are not ready for this and choose to let their children go. There are ways of doing this legally and safely such as adoption or talking to a therapist about how the mother is feeling. A way a child could be abandoned is if the baby is left on a doorstep of a stranger or a church. Leaving a child at a church is very common and they will eventually be reported to the police. From there the child will most likely be brought to a foster home where they will further place the child with a family who will protect and love the child like their own. The parent or the person legally in charge of taking care of the child will be found and face serious criminal charges. The criminal charges would include abandonment and endangering a child.
The effects this abandonment has on a child are ever lasting and may not go away with therapy or being adopted. According to the article "The Neglect Of Child Neglect: A Meta-Analytic Review Of The Prevalence Of Neglect" it states, “Infancy is recognized as the period between the...

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