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So much has been written and will continue to be written about mothers that I dare write anything more. However, I must say a few words regardless of their redundancy.

If you lived in a stable family environment where mom was around while you grew up, there is no other force as powerful as our mothers (in some cases, grandmothers or aunts). Yes, fathers are vital to becoming a well-rounded individual, but the presence of mom in our formative years cannot be over stated.

Mothers revealed the world to us in a variety of ways with the most being love demonstrated in a myriad of actions and words. I wouldn’t trade the childhood years with my mom for any other. I am sure my wife feels the same about her mom. Hopefully, you do, too. Not all was rosy to be sure, but when I look at all of the broken families around me, I am superbly grateful.

As I recall our child-raising years, our children couldn’t have had a better mom. Cheryl fulfilled her role as a sculptor of character in ways that still astound me. Now, my daughter is doing the same with her children. Such a joy to behold.

For those who never knew their moms or had terrible experiences with them, my heart goes out to you. If you can, find a grandma to make up for what is missing or was lost.

So, on this Mother’s Day, I simply say thanks mom and wife for caring so deeply, loving so unconditionally, protecting relentlessly, and teaching unceasingly. Bless our moms.

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