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This being the April and May edition of our newsletter, I couldn’t think of a better time to reflect on the memory of my mother. April 21 is her birthday, then we’ll all be celebrating Mother’s Day a few weeks down the road. I’d like to start by remembering an incredible woman who went above and beyond for her kids. LESSONS FROM MY MOTHER
her passengers, “We’ll get there when we get there.” This mindset made her an incredible listener; sometimes I’d talk
to her well into the night about challenges I was facing. She wouldn’t rush me or jump to conclusions. She’d take in all the information and give the most measured advice she could. Again, my mom would have made an excellent lawyer. It wasn’t just members of her own family she was able to empathize with. My sister, Karen, being in the entertainment business, had many friends that were labeled “other” or “undesirable” by mainstream culture at the time. But as someone who didn’t have a prejudiced bone in her body, our mother accepted people from all walks of life in a heartbeat. She was ahead of her time. Today, I try my best to follow my mother’s example. These last few months have been incredibly difficult, but I’m glad to have had such an inspiring woman to teach me so much. Mom, thank you for showing me the resilience to remain strong in the face of tragedy, the joy in bonding with your loved ones over a sports game, and the patience to know there are brighter days ahead. Plenty of people claim to have the best mother on earth, but I think I actually did. Of course, I also have to take this time to shout out the incredible professionals at our firm who, on top of doing amazing legal work, are fantastic mothers in their own right. Gail, Anne, and Terry, thank you for all you do. I can’t begin to imagine tackling the challenges of motherhood while finding such success in your field, but you have done so with incredible talent and grace. Our firm wouldn’t be the same without you.
Raising my sister and me in a row home neighborhood during the 1960s, our mom fit the motherhood mold of the time. She was a stay-at-home mom whose cooking was phenomenal — if I close my eyes, I can still taste her baked mac and cheese. She wasn’t wholly traditional in her parenting, though. Despite what was still expected of women at the time, our mom was politically vocal and always encouraged us to think critically. Had she been born a decade or so later, she may well have become a lawyer herself! Our mother’s tenacity became crucial when tragedy struck our family. As I’ve mentioned in earlier articles, my dad passed away when I was 18 years old. This was hard enough on my sister and me but, on top of the grief, our mom faced the challenge of being a single parent to two young adults. To this day, her strength in that time astonishes and inspires me. In the wake of the loss, my mom and I drew closer together. In fact, one of our favorite things to bond over became sports. From Phillies games to cheering on the Eagles, we were a boisterous pair. While my mom’s fear of heights kept us away from the bleachers, we’d always be side by side yelling at the TV screen, living and dying with every play. When we couldn’t be in the same house on game day, she’d call and stay on the line with me to the end. More than helping me become a diehard Philly fan, the most important lessons my mom taught me were to have patience and understanding. In nearly all things in life, she was never rushed. Even in traffic, she wouldn’t get frustrated, reminding
Happy Mother’s Day,
–Paul H. Young
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