The Common Voice is the site where you help make the headlines.
Headlines - Forums - Polls - More!
Visit our Advertisers!
HOME | Contact Editor | Add Comment | Forum | Directory | Search | Advertise | Tell-a-Friend
May 21, 2006 | South Carolina Headlines


Join us in
South Carolina Headlines

Sign up today to take part in the forums, interact with the content, receive South Carolina Headlines newsletters, display current weather conditions in your area, and more.

Already a member?



The Common Voice
Where you help make the national headlines!
Visit our Advertisers!


Author (last 7 days)

Border Control: Fence? We don't need no sticking fence!
Karen Floyd continues strong pursuit for Superintendent of Education with ad campaign
2008: Clinton has company; does McCain?
Responses to Bush's border speech


 :: Jonathan Pait
 :: Benj Buck

 :: Mike Cubelo
 :: Doug Kendall
Press Releases

 :: List All

Want to be a columnist? Contact the editor to learn how.

Mrs. Jenny Sanford: Mother's Day
Benj Buck
May 9, 2006

Several months ago, some boys in a New York City park said to me what so many voices cry out across America, “I wish I had a parent to spend time with me.”  These teenage boys lived on their own; their parents didn’t care or know where they were.  For some sad reason, the parents thought they were too busy for their children.

Though Jenny Sanford, South Carolina's first lady, maintains a busy schedule, she never considers herself too busy for her children.  Mrs. Sanford lived the rat race of New York City banking, braved the long nights of political campaigning, and strives through strategical planning in the Governor’s Mansion.  No matter what tasks fill the day, Mrs. Sanford has time for her four boys.

Sanford Family"All women have balancing acts," Mrs. Sanford says about her hectic schedule.  Mrs. Sanford also admits, "Raising children is difficult."  Therefore, she takes seriously her mothering responsibilities, and as with all things in life, Mrs. Sanford gives her best.  “I’ve watched [my mom] deal with cancer,” Jenny Sanford says, “She’s taught me to fight.  My mom is my inspiration.”

Balancing demands prioritizing, and Mrs. Sanford makes motherhood a high priority.  Consequently, Mrs. Sanford unashamedly admits that she often refuses speaking opportunities because of a soccer game.  Undoubtedly, Mrs. Sanford cherishes her time with her boys.

Mrs. Sanford’s fondest memories as a mother include the simple joys of sitting on the couch and walking through the farm.  “During informal times,” she advises, “you share the most.”  These casual setting become great teaching opportunities for Mrs. Sanford, in which she strives to instill integrity, work ethics, and Christian character in her sons.

"Children are a gift of the Lord."  Mrs. Sanford quotes Psalm 127:3 saying that this verse helps her better understand the importance of her relationship with her children, God's gifts.  With urgency in her voice, Mrs. Sanford goes on to say, "You teach them when they are young."  Children grow up too quickly, and an understanding mother knows that she only gets one shot at raising a child.  Mulligans and restarts do not exist for child rearing.

Mother’s Day in the Governor’s Mansion is a special day.  If for no other reason, the day will be special because Marshall, Landon, Bolton, and Blake have a mother who is in love with them.

Post a comment for this column

You must be logged in to participate. You may use the MyVoice! area at the top of this page to log in, or you may set up a new account.


Use the partisanometer to put this columnist in his place - liberal or conservative? Just click left or right. First, you'll need to sign on.

Join in the fun! Sign on and give your rating on the partisanometer.


Join in the fun! Sign on and give this article a thumbs down or a thumbs up.


Refer Column

Refer this column to a friend. Highlight the fields below, fill them out and press "Send."



Send your comment to the author of this column.


Nice commentary Benj. We often overlook the little pleasentries that 'Moms' can bring us. Thanks . . .

Read the rest.

Site Stuff

Sessions: 548784
Members: 758

  South Carolina Headlines
Made possible by The Worthwhile Company, Inc.