It’s That Time Again…

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year! Mother’s Day is upon us. And to all mothers out there, I hope you have an incredibly great and fantastic day, and you get to do whatever it is that is important to you! You certainly deserve the best.

For me? I’ve got the best thing I could ever ask for. I’ve been able to spend these Mother’s Day with my Mom. And it’s a big deal. See, for 30 odd years, I was in the midwest, raising a family and working. She was either in Philadelphia working, or retired out here in the desert. When my wife and I decided to retire and move out here to be with her, it gave me such a wonderful present.

My mom (and I certainly hope yours), is a very special lady. She was an only child, and learned that through hard work and determination, you can accomplish anything. And she did. She was a single parent back in the 1960’s. That was a time when you really didn’t have today’s rather lax view on divorce. In fact, I can remember people in our neighborhood that weren’t allowed to play with me because my parents were divorced! How times have changed.

Mom’s greatest fear was that she couldn’t keep food on the table, a roof over our heads, and clothes on our back. She was always improving herself. She always bettered herself. And she always worked two jobs. She got a Master’s Degree, followed by a PhD. She went from being a speech teacher, to an assistant principal (back when I was at the same school!) to becoming a Vice President at not one but two colleges. I would say that was a rather successful career. In that time, she raised three boys by herself, and never let us believe anything but we could be and do anything we wanted. She led by example. You just don’t find that today very often.

She instilled a work ethic in us that all three of us grabbed on to and lived to this day. She never let us know that we didn’t have much money, and always made sure we were “cultured” in some way, shape, or form. We still took time for summer vacations, spent a lot of family time with her parents (whom we all loved), and taught us that honesty was the best policy. I learned responsibility, both ethically and fiscally from her. And to this day, she continues to shape my way of thinking.

So to be able to share a meal with her not just today, but pretty much on a weekly basis is such a blessing, I can’t begin to relate. I’m the luckiest guy in the world because of it. And I never forget what she did to get me to this position in life. I only hope and pray that each and every one of you can feel the same about your mother as I do about mine.

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!!! (and yes…she reads my blogs every day!)

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

2 thoughts on “It’s That Time Again…

  1. I had to apologize to my daughter for not getting her a Mothers Day card. Again. I always think I have plenty of time as shouldn’t it be mid-month like Fathers Day. But nooooo. It’s upon us too early already.

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