The Role of Mothers
The Other Wes Moore
Both had hard working mothers who wanted the best for their sons but their responses to their sons’ struggles were totally different.
Wes Moore’s mother was raised by college-educatedparents, and she spent her life working and struggling to achieve things for herself and her family. She moved several times in an effort to find stable, safe places for her kids to grow up, and she worked several jobs so she could afford to put her kids into private schools.
When itappeared that Moore was going to fall into the thug lifestyle, she sacrificed economically and emotionally to put him into a military school. In short, she simply refused to allow herself or her kids to succumb to the conditions and temptations that surrounded them
In contrast, the other Wes Moore's mother tried to resist those conditions and temptations, but she eventually did succumb to them. She simply gave up.
She allowed her kids to see violence as an acceptable way to resolve problems in their lives.
The effect of a mother's touch can be seen in both boys' lives. Whether it is a positive or a negative impact can be seen as the story plays out.