My "Friend", Cecile Richards at Planned Parenthood Action Fund writes to me today (she writes several times a week) -
Friend — There are very few writers who have helped more young people grow up and grapple with their changing bodies and emotions than Judy Blume, the amazing author of Blubber, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, and Forever. I count myself among her biggest and most grateful fans — and am so lucky to call her my friend. I'm honored to relay her message about motherhood to you today. — Cecile
And here's Judy's message for Mother's Day:
If you are the daughter whose mom had the guts to give you the answers to questions you couldn't quite figure out how to ask...
If you are the son whose mother raised you to love and respect your sisters and wives and daughters...
If you know a mother who is struggling to raise strong, independent, and confident children in the face of unbelievable odds...
...Say thanks. Say thanks this Mother's Day with a gift that honors her courage by making a donation to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in her name. I guarantee you that she'll be pleased. I know I would be.
I'm a mom, and I'm also a writer and an activist. Nothing has made me prouder than seeing my own children — and really, all young people — grow up to be healthy, educated, and in charge of their bodies and their lives. That's where Planned Parenthood comes in. There is no organization that I know of that supports motherhood and all that it means more than Planned Parenthood. That's why I'm honoring moms everywhere with my gift to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund today.
It's not easy to be a mother these days. And right now — with more and more women seeking care from Planned Parenthood health centers — we need to do all we can to support them. By honoring a mother in your life with a gift to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, you'll be making a gift that protects and advocates for the health of millions of mothers and families. That's a gift any mother will appreciate.
on behalf of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Me, I'm more thankful that my mother's "courage" got me born in one piece.