"When ever I held my newborn babe in my arms, I used to think what I did and what I said to him would have an influence, not only on him, but on everyone he met, [and] not [just] for a day or a year, but for time and for eternity." Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, mother of one war hero, one senator, one attorney general, and one president.
I've long felt that this quote from Rose Kennedy was an elegant testimony to the profound power, for good or ill, of motherhood. Please, mothers, use it for good. Happy Mothers' Day to all the moms out there who are shaping eternity for the rest of us.