By John J. Tassoni, Jr.
A mother’s love for her children is one of the strongest forces in the universe.
A mother’s love is also a reflector of hope, happiness, legacy and tradition.
I have realized this more in the past few weeks as I had set about the task of burying my mother. As I began to sift through photos, documents, and mementos, it became increasingly clear just how much she did for our family.
Having a father that worked seven days and late hours meant that my mother took on the majority of responsibilities in caring for four children. She was the one who took us all to school activities and sporting events. She took care of us, 24/7, especially me, because I was such a sickly child.
Like many mothers, mine was the rock of our family. She kept us in line and kept us together. She taught us respect, good manners, to be kind to others, and to help those in need. I believe I became a public servant because of her example. We weren’t a family of means, but we were a family of great wealth in love.
She loved Sunday dinners when the entire family would gather. She poured her heart into those meals because we were all there with her.
A familiar mother’s day poem written in the early 1900’s is as relevant today as it was then:
M is for the Many things she gave me,
O means only that she’s growing Old.
T is for the Tears she shed to save me,
H is for her Heart of purest gold.
E is for her Eyes with love light shining,
R means Right and Right she’ll always be.
If you are lucky enough to still have your mother on this Earth, don’t just honor your mother one day of the year, honor her every day. She deserves it.
If your mother is no longer with you, continue her legacy through kindness to others, just the way she taught you.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom and to all the mothers out there, you deserve it!