On this Mother’s Day Sunday, I thought I would take a moment to say thank you to not only my mother, but to all mothers out there.
My parents separated when I was relatively young. Suddenly, my mother was solely responsible for the upbringing and care of two young boys. Of course, in a couple of years these two young boys would both become teenage boys. Growing, hungry teenage boys. I can’t imagine how much food was consumed over those years.
Despite having a single, working mother, my brother and I wanted for nothing growing up. I’m certain that there were many sacrifices on her part to ensure Stephen and I were always happy, but we never saw it. We had family vacations, we had toys, we had food, we had everything we wanted (well, I’m actually still waiting on that telescope I asked Santa to bring me for Christmas for 4 or 5 consecutive years, but I’ll let that one slide).
My mother has been supportive throughout my entire life. No matter what I wanted to do, my mother fully supported me in my decisions. She let me be me, but continued to influence me just through being herself. By watching her, I learned the importance of being a hard-working, dedicated employee. I learned the importance of family and living up to the promises you make.
Without my mother’s ineffable support and guidance, I would not be the person I am today. I will never be able to express what all of her support, her sacrifice and her love have meant to me.
In 2011, I was lucky to have another mother added into my life. When I said “I do” to my wife, I was also saying it to her family. Unlike so many movie and TV tropes, there was no mother-in-law from hell. From day 1, I felt like I was part of the family. Now, I have two mothers who care about me, support me and look out for me. I truly am blessed. (I opted to not post a picture of you Pauline. You’re welcome!)
So I want to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to my mothers and all of yours.