A Tribute To Moms

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“All that I am or ever hope to be I get from my mother.  God bless her.”

–      Abraham Lincoln

I had a great mother.  We fought.  Oh, man, did we fight, but, at the end of the day, she was a great mom.  I was raised to believe that there was nothing I couldn’t accomplish if I set my mind to it.  I was raised to believe that chivalry and manners and all that stuff mattered.

Somehow, I was raised with the freedom to challenge authority, but the knowledge that I had to respect my elders.  Those two may have swung out of balance lately, but it’s getting harder and harder to find people older than me!

She was a handful.  She was a pain in the backside.  She was HIGH maintenance.  And she was a great mother.  So much of what I am or ever hope to be I get from her.  Thanks, Mom.  God Bless you!  (I had a great dad, too.  We’ll save that for next month…!)

I have the benefit of living with a great mother.  We have, on occasion, been known to disagree, but at the end of the day, she is a great mom – and she is a great partner.  Our kids are learning that they can accomplish great things if they set their mind to it.  Somehow, they’re exercising the freedom to challenge authority, but they clearly understand that they have to respect adults and follow guidelines for good behavior.

My wife is a handful.  She’s not high maintenance, but she is a great mother, and all of what I and our kids hope to be revolves around her.

I’m pretty lucky.  While I lost my great mother 12 1/2 years ago, I still get to see great mothering all the time right here in our home.

On Sunday, have a Happy Mother’s Day.  Today, make a difference, in honor of the moms who have made a difference for us.


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