Today I want to pause on the political commentary. It’s because I’m very blessed. For the past 61 years, I’ve had a lady at my side giving me instruction, direction, love, and attention. And, while I freely admit that sometimes I’ve turned away from the instruction, I’ve always appreciated it. It’s been a true blessing for me, and today, I want to say thanks.
Here is a lady that instilled in me a work ethic that continues to this day. She raised three kids on her own after a divorce back in the 1960’s. For those of you not around back then, it was a time when you just didn’t get divorced. You stayed married. But she had good reason, and took the leap. She was always worried that we would have a roof over our heads, food on the table, and clothes on our back. We did. We weren’t wealthy by any stretch, but we always managed to take a vacation. Maybe it was a trip to northern Michigan for a weekend, or a trip to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, but we always did something every year.
My two brothers and I learned a lot from my Mom. We learned the value of education. We learned the value of honesty, and responsibility, and hard work. We learned that you don’t always get what you want in life, but if you work hard you have a chance to get it. We learned that you put others first, and put your own needs second. And we learned that when you decide on spending your life with that special someone, it’s for keeps. You choose wisely, because you only get one choice.
I got back from Orlando, Florida this past Saturday. It was for my baby brother’s memorial service. He and his wife had been married almost 34 years. My middle brother has been married over 35 years. My wife and I have been married 40 years this December. And my Mom found true love with her second husband. Before he passed away two years ago, they had been been married 36 years (I think that’s it!).
So, today, on Mother’s Day, I stop. I pause and say “Thank you!” to the greatest lady I have ever known, and the person that I have always confided in, always listened to, and always sought out guidance from. Mom, you raised three great sons. You have a lot to be proud of. And I’m terribly happy that I get to be with you after having spent some 30 years apart. It’s so much nicer to have a cup of coffee in person rather than a telephone call.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. You are truly the best!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!