Madden PT - Dauphin Clinic - May 2020

May 2020

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THE LESSONS MY MOM TAUGHT ME

When it comes to moms, they don’t get much better than mine, and I cannot think of someone as deserving of recognition as her.

I was the middle son of three boys, and my mom essentially raised us on her own. My parents divorced when I was young, and my mom continued to work a full-time job while caring for my brothers and me. I have a ton of respect for her and everything she sacrificed to give us a better life. And her hard work has paid off! Today, my brothers and I all enjoy successful careers and are establishing our own families. We never would have been able to do that if it hadn’t been for our mom. There are so many memories of my mom that I could share in honor of Mother’s Day this May, but one thing that always sticks out in my mind is our Christmases together. My mom loves Christmas, and her house is always decorated with every garland, knickknack, and holiday item she can find. (She’s big on decorating for other holidays, too!) I can still remember dreading the day after Christmas because I knew Dec. 26 would mean we had to take down all the decor. The day was spent tearing down ornaments and shuffling tubs around the house. But for the weeks the decor remained up, it was magical. I guess that made it worth the dreaded Dec. 26. Today, my brothers and I have a pretty special relationship with our mom. She’s the one who taught us the value of hard work, persistence, and independence. We always knew we had to work to get what we wanted and create the lives we desired. My mom had to do that every day of her life, and she was always appreciative of it. I’ve tried to follow suit. She set a good example for me.

grandchildren for years now, and ever since my brother welcomed my niece into the world in February 2019, she’s been bugging Maria and me about when she can expect our bundle of joy! I thought her desire for grandchildren would slow down after the first one, but if anything, it’s ignited that fire even more! (Sorry, Mom.) Every Mother’s Day, my brothers and I try to spend time with our mom. What that looks like changes from year to year, but it’s always fun whenever we can get together. It’s been pretty special the past few years, now that we all have our own significant others and there’s a baby in the mix. Regardless of what we do, when we do it, or how we do it, as long as my mom knows we appreciate her, that’s all that matters. As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, I encourage you to find ways to honor your mom. The past few weeks have been so uncertain and fearful for most of us, but one of the best things we can do during these times is to come together and celebrate the good things in our lives, like our moms. I’m proud to help others and work hard each day — just like my mom has done for years. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! Thank you for setting a great example for your boys.

–Dan Hinnerschitz

Now that my mom is enjoying her new role as a grandma, I’m curious to see what lessons she will have for the next generation. She’s been wanting

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