Douglass & Runger Attorneys at Law - May 2020

May 2020

Dedicated and Compassionate MY MOM THIS MOTHER’S DAY

My mom is the source of my constant desire to grind and work hard. Anyone who knows me knows I put everything into the work I do, but I only do this because my mom taught me how. I love the work I do every day, and thanks to my mom, I never quit. Mom always went above and beyond for her students. She gave every ounce of herself to teaching, regardless of how her students treated her or how much they cared about English. And I know for a fact that she has made an impact on many of her students’ lives. She’s kept in touch with a number of them, and I frequently hear them tell my mom that she was a great teacher who changed their lives. But it’s not just the students she taught who felt the impact of my mom’s kindness and dedication — it’s anyone my mom hears about. I vividly remember the day I came home from school and told her that my high school German teacher was struggling after a near-breakdown in class. My mom took what I said and decided to do something about it, becoming my teacher’s “grateful parent,” sending anonymous flowers and encouraging notes her way. My teacher never found out who was behind those touching notes, but she beamed in class. She thanked whoever was behind it, and you could tell my mom had made a difference in my teacher’s life. Yet she never wanted credit. Today, my mom’s selfless nature continues. She’s a wonderful grandma to my niece and nephew, and she’s a fervent supporter of nonprofit work. I once had to take the cat of a client who had passed away to a humane society in Mississippi, and when I told my mom about this, she immediately found the organization online, donated to it, and started supporting it from afar on Facebook. She never even met the cat! Sometimes this very compassionate nature and a drive for perfection can hurt Mom, but I couldn’t imagine her any other way. To say I have a mom who always places the needs of others first, has impacted thousands of lives, and continues to do so is a great source of pride for me.

If you have ever been to the Douglass & Runger Law office, then you may have skimmed a binder full of newspaper comics poking fun at attorneys. Maybe you even laughed at a few jokes! We know visiting us can be nerve-wracking, and we believe a little humor can go a long way in easing your fears.

But we can’t take all the credit for this collection of comics. That actually belongs to my mom.

Mom began clipping out newspaper comics and organizing them in scrapbooks for us in 2004. For years that book has sat in our office, eliciting some laughs and ensuring our clients feel comfortable with our team. But I’d expect nothing less from a woman who never quits and endlessly goes out of her way to help others. I feel incredibly lucky to have a mom like mine. She has a great sense of humor and quick wit to match. My mom taught high school English for 40 years, and when she retired, I knew she wouldn’t adjust to a fully retired lifestyle very easily. So, she now teaches English at the local community college in Knoxville. I don’t think Mom has ever stopped working. She would come home after a long day at work, make sure the house was clean, come to our sporting events, and more. She made it all look easy, but she’s a perfectionist and the most efficient person I have ever met.

Plus, as the binder in our office shows, she appreciates the value of a good laugh.

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and to all the moms out there!

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