It’s nearly Mother’s Day and you know what that means? Honor and
treat the mothers in your life. If you missed it last weekend, you (and
the mothers in your life) still have three more opportunities to see Van
Wert Civic Theatre’s production of Insane with Power, by Scott Haan;
it’s a super comedy of heroic proportions being performed May 8, 9, and
The story follows Lois Lancaster (Kim Hughes) as she
investigates the current state of mental health facilities. What she
assumes is going to be a “dry and boring story” turns a little more
colorful when she discovers the inmates at the Stanley J. Kirby
Psychiatric Hospital have “all concocted elaborate superhero fantasies.”
with all this talk of superheroes and Mother’s Day just around the
corner, I started to think about my mom and how “super” I think she is.
One particular event from my childhood, I will never forget (thanks to a
supremely large scar on my leg), stands out in my mind.
Running in the darkness, I couldn’t see the rusty property marker
embedded in the ground. I was racing for my life in an intense game of
My right calf brushed past the metal stake. It felt
like a cat scratch as I continued running. The excitement of the chase
was coursing pure adrenaline through my body.
“My leg!” I thought to myself. What I assumed was a minor cut turned out to be a major gash.
was in a state of shock as I hobbled to our neighbor’s porch. “Ma, ma,
mom,” I muttered softly finding it difficult to talk. Instantly, my
mother sprang from her chair. Her motherly instincts sensed something
was dire. “What’s wrong?” she urgently exclaimed. Standing at the door
she quickly got her answer. My previously ordinary mother suddenly
became “supermom” as she darted back into the house for medical
Instantly, she knew what to do. Within ninety seconds,
my leg was cleaned and dressed and I was sitting in the passenger seat
of our green Aerostar minivan en route to the emergency room. My state
of shock began to diminish thanks to my mother’s quick and calm control.
After it was all over, the five-inch gash in my leg required fourteen
staples and several internal stitches.
At that time in my life, my
mother seemed invincible. She was a bona fide superhero who seemed to
have an ability to read the minds of her progeny. She could sense when
we (my brother and I) were lying, depressed, or most importantly… in
Yet, it seems my mother wasn’t the only person with “eyes
in the back of her head.” Come to find out, all mothers possess this
superhero trait in regard to their children. Yet, what causes this
seemingly psychic connection between a mother and her child? The answer
seems rooted in the power of love.
Last year, a team of researches
in Tokyo used MRI to observe the brain patterns in mothers. The data
revealed that particular areas of the mother’s brain light up when her
children are in distress, showing a highly elaborate neural chain
reaction corresponding to specific cries. In fewer words, mothers are
able to understand (at a subconscious level) the message of their
And that’s not all that makes mothers “super.”
According to Katherine Ellison from her book, The Mommy Brain: How
Motherhood Makes Us Smarter, mothers experience sharpened senses, which
aid them in tending to their children. Women with children have a keener
sense of smell (presumably to keep them away from spoiled foods). It
seems our mother’s love and superhero status is rooted in a deep
biological desire to sustain us… for as long as they humanly can.
my invincible mother isn’t as invincible as my young mind once assumed.
She isn’t a superhero, and her health will gradually decline until her
final curtain call. The fact that she isn’t a superhero doesn’t diminish
my appreciation or my love for her. In fact, it encourages me to love
her more knowing my time with her is limited.
I love my mother for
every human quality she possesses. She is truly the kindest and most
responsible person I’ve ever known. It is because of my mother that I
choose to learn from my mistakes and put my best foot forward, everyday.
Thank you, Linnette McClellan, for being my mom - I love you!
too have an opportunity to salute the mothers in your life this
Mother’s Day weekend by treating them to a night of laughter at the Van
Wert Civic Theatre. Insane with Power, the superhero farce of epic
proportions (our last production of the 2013/14 season) has only three
more performances: May 8, 9, and 10. All performances are a mere $10 and
begin at 8 p.m. Call (419) 238-9689 between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to make
See you at the show, my fellow citizens!