My Mom

By: 
D.C. Schultz, Guest Columnist

As I am sure you are all aware, this last Sunday was Mother’s Day. Special in every family for oh so many reasons. Young families celebrate a new mother, a bit later, families celebrate with kids in varied stages of growing up, and then kids move on but reach out to mom to show their appreciation and respect. Our small family is in that category. Our son brought flowers and made a special lunch for his mom (and by association his dad).

And another category that I fall into. My mom passed about 20 years ago, but Mother’s Day is not complete without remembering her. She was tough, smart, strong-willed, and a force to be reckoned with.

She could make delicious food from very limited ingredients, kept a clean house, and was in control. She was also a businesswoman who kept the family afloat through working outside the home, spearheaded the construction of a new house to replace the almost 100-year-old farmhouse we lived in.

My mom taught me so many things: Work hard; do what you say you are going to do; be organized; stop complaining and do something about it; and don’t do stupid things.

She was hard to get along with at times. Her way or the highway (although I never tested the alternative). As I got older I did push back and found her to be a good listener – another thing she taught me. Wish I would have figured that out earlier.

As I review the above paragraph, I note I left out the love she had for her family – and for me.

She was there when I needed help; there when I decided to be semi-incommunicative; and other times when I “did stupid things”. She was my mom – for all that word means to all of us.   

Mom = Love (and don’t we all need it.)

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