Friedman Simon - May 2020




MAY 2020

Lessons FromMy Mother Finding Strength in Uncertain Times

I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones well. At the time of writing, our city is in the midst of a public health crisis. But, just as our team has worked tirelessly to provide the same quality representation despite the challenges, I am determined not to let this recent outbreak overshadow one of the most important dates on the calendar: Mother’s Day. Being a mom is a tough and often thankless job, so taking the time one day a year to show our gratitude is the least we can do. Many families will likely have their Mother’s Day traditions altered thanks to coronavirus concerns. Personally, I’m using this time to look back on the example my mother set for me and draw strength from her memory. I remember a chapter title of a self-help book that read “You Either Get It Or You Don’t.” Well, my mother was definitely a “get it” kind of person. She came from a generation that really had to fight for their place in the world — especially the women. Growing up, her parents dedicated their resources to send her brother to college, while she was expected to get by with a high school degree. This didn’t deter my mother, though.

She was both intellectually and emotionally intelligent and brought empathy and logic to bear in equal measure. My mother could disarm you with her wit, then empower you with her encouragement. Naturally, if you had a problem, she’s the one you brought it to. I came to my mother with every challenge I was facing, not because she’d solve the problem for me but because she’d show me I had the power to solve it myself. Now, as a parent, I look back and marvel at her ability to nurture and still allow her kids to learn self-reliance. I hope I can say I’ve passed on the same sense of empowerment to my own kids. But perhaps the most important lesson my mother taught me was to always be learning. She never gave up on her goal of getting an education, so on top of putting my sister and me through college, she earned her own degree. In fact, my sister received her graduate degree within days of when my mother and I graduated. It was an inspiring reminder that you can do anything you set your mind to.

she taught me — especially in moments of great uncertainty. I may not know what new challenges the future holds, but I have it on good authority that we have the inner strength to overcome them.

All in all, she was an incredible woman and an even better mother. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her example, and while she is no longer with us, I still turn to the lessons

Happy Mother’s Day,

“My mother could disarm you with her wit, then empower you with her encouragement. Naturally, if you had a problem, she’s the one you brought it to.”

Even to this day, my mother remains one of the smartest people I’ve ever known.

––––-Roger Simon



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