Mothers across the country will be the focus of their families’ attention today. It’s Mother’s Day! The day that we honor, cherish and love our moms and thank them for doing what they do, mainly giving life to all of us and then putting up with us every day afterward. My mother is one of the greatest people I know. Smart, savvy, beautiful and caring, Mom is always there for me with a good word of advice or a solid shoulder to lean on. Mom always pushes me to be a better person, a harder worker and a more responsible adult. She nurtured me to become the man I am today, yet knew when to hold back and let me figure things out on my own, so that I could become an independent person. She is also my hero. Battling a dehabilitating disease while raising two wily sons must have been the hardest thing she has ever done in her life, yet she managed to accomplish this task, and she did it well to say the least. A son or daughter is usually a direct reflection of how a mother raised her children, and anyone who has met my older brother Shawn or I can tell you a lot about our mother without ever knowing her. People who I work for and who have never met her ask about her well-being, a testament to her character. She loves cats, and card games, Jeopardy and Dr. Phil. She has traveled the world, and met my father in Amsterdam during her travels. She lived there for several years and gave birth to her sons there. She still speaks Dutch when phoning old friends and family back in the Netherlands, something where I should probably follow her lead. She enjoys watching the Red Wings with my stepfather, and likes to call or text me after my favorite sports teams suffer a loss so she can harass me and get a rise out of me…and it usually works. She knows how to push my buttons, and vice versa. When she is happy, I am happy. When she is sad, I am sad. The worst thing I can ever do is ‘disappoint’ her, which I have done on several occasions. Luckily she doesn’t hold grudges….right Mom??? She loves homemade salads and back in her day she was quite a cook herself, probably something she learned from her mother, who made the most delicious family meals during the holidays. I see a lot of my mother in my grandmother. Two great ladies, may the elder rest in peace.

So here is to mothers across the nation. To their sons and daughters, husbands and partners, thank and love them, not just today, but every day of the year. Mother’s Day is there to remind us of how special moms are and to reflect on what they do for us.  A wise older man told me once “cherish your mother, because you only get one in life…” No truer words can be spoken. Mom, I love you very much and I hope you enjoy your special day!