"Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind." - Kahil Gibran
"Mothers are like glue. Even when you can't see them, they're still holding the family together. - Susan Gale
"A mother's hug lasts long after she lets go." -Unknown
It is only fitting that we honor and remember our mothers, and all the caring women in our lives, during the month of May, during the spring of the year, with nature bursting with new life and vibrant colors decorating the landscape. Mother is the one who gave us life, nurtures and cares for us, and imparts her wisdom to us, whether that wisdom is wanted or not!
I am blessed with an incredibly resourceful mother who valued education and the joy of travel. She taught me how to take care of my things, how to try to always do my best, and how to say 'thank you'. She was so supportive in developing the talents and skills of her seven children during their formative years.
Likewise, my mother-in-law was a remarkable and generous person who embraced her many roles with intelligence and zest. Her many hobbies included photography, gardening, singing, and cooking. Honing her business skills, she created the women's division of FL Crooks & Co. fifty years ago in 1969.
I asked some relatives, co-workers and customers what their mothers mean to them, what advice their mothers gave to them, etc.
Aunt Mary: "My mother was a great care-giver. With my mother, you don't bake one pie; you bake two pies and give one away! She taught me to be caring and loving and to share with others."
Bill: "My mother has an indomitable spirit. She works hard and is willing to fight for what she believes in."
Dar: "My mother is my everything. My mother is a gentle spirit, such a good role model. I never remember her yelling at me. One thing I remember my mom saying is 'Never go to bed angry!' Also, 'Your walk talks, and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks!'"
Audrey: "My mother stressed, 'Just be yourself. Don't worry so much about what others think. Be yourself, and do your best!' She took life as it came and didn't worry about tomorrow."
Regina: "It was like 'Father Knows Best' in my home growing up. She liked to have a home-cooked meal on the table, made from scratch. She baked every Saturday - pies, cookies, cinnamon bread. My mother always said, 'If you have all the money in the world, or if you only have a little, you can be neat and clean.' My mother was so organized; she always had it all together."
Leah: "There's not much you don't like about your mother. She is constantly sacrificing her needs and wants for ours."
Rob: "She makes the best bread!"
Joan: "Don't make your problem, my problem!"
Scott: "I learned how to laugh from my mother. She has a good sense of humor."
Nathan: "My mother was always busy, always doing stuff. She is very generous, including with the community. She taught me the enjoyment of reading."
Maya Angelou sums it up quite nicely: "To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power."
Mothers - you mean the world to us. Happy Mother's Day! We salute you and honor you with our never ending thanks and admiration. We rise up and bless you and call ourselves blessed for your legacy of love.