Jones & Hill May 2017

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One thing that makes Louisiana such a jewel is its diversity. People from all races and creeds live, work, and die here. Anglers, farmers, and businesspeople combine to make the Pelican State different from any other place on earth. But there’s one thing that connects every Louisianan, as well as all members of the human race: We each have mothers. Not everyone’s relationship with their mother is alike. Perhaps your mother is in another state, country, or resting in the next life. Maybe another strong woman watched over you as you grew. Regardless of circumstance, each of us has been blessed by them. We owe mothers all the praise, honor, and respect this Mother’s Day season especially, but every other month of the year as well. You can tell a lot about a person’s character based on how they respect their mom. An ancient proverb reads, “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” Likewise, many women will council their daughters to “look at the way he treats his mother” when it comes to finding a partner. One of my favorite displays of maternal respect happened in the most unlikely place. In 2015, J.K. Simmons stepped up to the podium at the annual Academy Awards ceremony. He had just won an Oscar for his performance in the film “Whiplash.” He ran the awards circuit all season, and his win was not unexpected. When he started speaking, he gave the typical thank-yous to his fellow filmmakers. Next, he could have pontificated about anything — politics, religion, the art of cinema. He had the ear of a worldwide audience. Instead, he closed by saying: Respect for Maternity Is Something Great Men Have in Common

“Call your mom, everybody … If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call ‘em. Don’t text. Don’t email. Call them on the phone. Tell them you love ‘em, thank them, and listen to them as long as they want to talk to you.”

Such an honest display of that love and respect for parenthood was unexpected from a man who is supposed to be a member of the “Hollywood elite.” Then again, history is replete with great men who echo that sentiment. “Youth fades, love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all,” said the great American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes. And who could forget the immortal line from Abraham Lincoln: “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” This May, I hope we all take the time to honor those who brought us into the world, or who did so for our children. Let us take Mr. Simmons’ advice: Call them, tell them we love them, thank them, and listen to them as long as they want to talk to us.

– J. Cra ig Jon e s a nd Cra ig Ra y Hill


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