I am one of five kids, and when we were growing up, we all had clean clothes to wear and three home-cooked meals to eat every day. It was only when I went off to college that I realized just how good a cook Mom was! She got a college degree well before it was common for women to go to college. She was a teacher, so she made sure all our homework was done every day.
My dad is a retired Marine, so he was the head of the house, but it would be a mistake to think my Mom wasn’t a leader as well. When dad went off to combat, Mom effectively took care of the household and finances. I know now that money was tight back then, but Mom never let that show, and made sure we had everything we needed and then some. When dad returned, Mom handed the leadership back to him and re-assumed the role of a non-challenging leader. She definitely understood men! She also had breast cancer, which she conquered and then moved on with her life.
I once saw a bumper sticker that said “Every dog owner thinks his dog is the best dog. And every dog owner is correct.” Today would have been my Mom’s 94th birthday. She passed away seven years ago. I am the man I am today because of her and my dad.
The Greatest Mom Ever
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