Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there! Thanks for all you do.
Each corner of the world is made a better place when there is a loving mother there. We always need more loving mothers, too.
A special Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom out in California, where she is still going strong at 81. An active docent and always on the go, driving her ’69 Chevy classic car around town. For all those times of love, encouragement and support – extending from my childhood to more recent times – I thank her from the bottom of my heart.
With a H/T to Instapundit, here is a touching Mother’s Day tribute from Rachel Lewis to her Mom. I was particularly struck by her poignant reflection on what good parents do when raising their children:

…It wasn’t all perfect; but that’s what makes us normal. My parents went to a church none of us kids particularly cared for very much and that caused a lot of conflict in later years. But do you know what? I’m glad for it. I’ve always thought that if everything had been done exactly as I wanted when I was growing up, I’d be a real a**h*l* by now, out in the real world where almost NOTHING is how you want it. And the thing is, at some point you have to ask yourself if whatever your parents did that you didn’t like was done out of their true, sincere belief that it was the right thing to do. I asked myself that question and the answer was yes…

Every parent knows that it is natural for all children to want things done exactly as they desire it. But what appears to have changed in too much of our society today is the notion that Moms and Dads should accommodate these immature demands of children, thereby negating the teaching of an important life lesson described by Ms. Lewis. Failing to teach that lesson does children absolutely no favors, yielding only the unfortunate long-term side effect of making it harder for children to adapt when they leave the nest and discover, to their utter amazement, that the real world doesn’t operate according to their whims.
So a special added thanks to the Moms (and Dads) who understand this “old” lesson of parental leadership and do their best to prepare their children for the responsibilities that go with living independently as an adult.

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15 years ago

For once I made sure my wife got exactly what she asked for on Mothers Day. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices in this life, put others wants and needs in front of our own.
It was difficult, but me and the girls managed to make reservations at our favorite restaraunt then sit through the movie Iron Man at the showcase.
Some mothers never stop mothering, even on mothers day.

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