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My parents have been married for 54 years. With Mother’s Day coming up soon, there’s no better time to reflect on my appreciation for my mother.
My dad was gone a lot when I was growing up. He was a truck driver and spent many of his days on the road all over the country. My two siblings are nine and 14 years older than me. I consider myself a blessing to my parents, but I was really an accident. Anyhow, due to my siblings being significantly older, they were out of the house for much of the time while I was growing up. So, I was like an only child for many years. My mom had a hair salon, and I think I got my entrepreneurial spirit from her. When I was young, I would spend some of my free time in the hair salon with her. Because of that, I got to hear all the latest gossip, and I even learned all about women’s hair care too! My wife, Alison, often finds it interesting when I tell her that another woman may need some hair TLC, like trimming off those dead ends. And while my dad did provide well for our family financially, I was at home with Mom a lot. She gets so much credit — she was always there for me and attended every event I had. She never missed a soccer game, awards ceremony, or other function I was involved in. It didn’t matter where the event was, either. She would frequently travel all over North Texas for whatever I had going on. More than that, my mom was a mom to all my friends. She was always there to welcome them into our home, and she treated them as her own. And when it came to “kid culture,” my mom paid attention. She kept me in name brand clothes like Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, and Nautica — brands I thought I had to have when I was in high school. I thought those clothes made me cool back in the ‘90s. Looking back, I now know she had to work extra hard to put me in nice threads I didn’t really need or deserve. Through it all, my mom taught me hard work, patience, manners, humility, kindness, simplicity, perseverance, tolerance, forgiveness, and understanding. She always told me I could be anything I wanted to be, and she reminded me to chase my dreams. Her shoulder has always been available when I needed to cry, and she’s still my biggest cheerleader. I’m so thankful that God gave me the best mom I could have ever asked for.
Thank you, Mom, and I love you!
-Matt Aulsbrook 1
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