Texan ENT - May 2018

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MAY 2018

‘EAR, NEWS, AND THROAT’

(Hint: The Answer Is My Mom) WHO’S THE BEST MOM?

T his month, I want to celebrate Mother’s Day by shouting out all the wonderful moms in the world. Now, I know there are a lot of people who will say their mom is the best. Well, I’m sorry to tell you, but my mom is actually the best mom of all time. In terms of my personality and nature, I really take after my mom. We’re both introverts who like to read and learn new things. We’re probably similar because we spent so much time together. When I was a kid I was the firstborn child, and for the first 10 years of my life, she was a stay-at- home mom. When she did go back to work, she worked with my dad as a paralegal in his law office. My mom is the kind of person who is always going to be there for you. Even as an adult, she’s my confidant and advisor. If I’m struggling with a problem, she’s one of the first people I turn to. She’s very thoughtful and gives good advice for just about everything — although, I must admit that I can be stubborn when she tells me something I don’t want to hear, even if it’s smart advice. In the end, her advice always makes sense and puts my interests first. As a teenager, I certainly didn’t see things that way. I remember being a middle school student, sitting in front of the TV and playing “Super Mario Bros.” on my Nintendo Entertainment System. There were times when I’d get to a hard part in the game and watch my life count drop as the little red plumber died over and over again. I would get so furious “My mom is the kind of person who is always going to be there for you. Even as an adult, she’s my confidant and advisor.”

that I ended up throwing the controller. When this happened, Mom did what any respectable parent would do: She took my Nintendo and hid it for a week. This, of course, only made me madder. I honestly don’t know how she put up with me. But thankfully, she did put up with me. And like many teenagers, when I went away to college, my

My mom and me

relationship with my mom smoothed over. I started to recognize what a warm and loving person she is and that she really does have my best interests at heart. Now that I’m married and have given my mom her first granddaughter, I feel like I’m starting to repay her for putting up with all my teen angst. I won’t be seeing my mom in person on Mother’s Day, but Renee and I are taking Audrey out to visit my family in Virginia for Memorial Day at the end of the month. My mom and dad are both thrilled to see Audrey

again. They came down to visit right after she was born and have been over the moon ever since. I send them videos of Audrey every day, and they still ask for more. This Mother’s Day, I want my mom to know how much she means to me. Mom, thank you for everything you’ve done for our family. I love you. –Dr. Seth Evans

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