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I was the youngest and probably deserved to be regarded with more suspicion, she always treated us equally and kept our best interests at heart. She always saw my potential, even when I couldn’t. She pushed me to keep up piano and guitar lessons because, even though I didn’t think I was very good, my mom saw that I had a love for music and didn’t want to see me throw in the towel. While I never became a rock star, my mom’s constant push for me to stick with my practice schedule taught me a lot about discipline. Those lessons would come in handy during my late-night studying in law school. But most important of all, my mom taught us decency. She was always admonishing us and others with the old adage, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Mom believed in treating folks with kindness and compassion. I try to carry that same message forward in my work. Sometimes things become heated in the courtroom, but there’s no excuse to throw insults — ever.
LESSONS FROM MY MOTHER
Growing up in Dallas, my family had a tradition. Every Mother’s Day, we took Mom out for ribs at Tony Roma’s. We all ate some of our favorite barbecue, and Mom took a break from cooking for a family of five. When I was little, this was just a fun event outside the house. Now that I’m older, I can look back and appreciate all the good my mother did for our family.
BEYOND THOSE EARLY MORNINGS AND MAKING THE BLAND LUNCHES I ADORED, MOM SACRIFICED A LOT FOR US.
Thinking back to those days, the image that first comes to mind is of Mom making breakfast. She woke up early every morning before school to make my sisters and me breakfast and lunch. She did this from before I was in kindergarten up until the day I graduated high school. She cooked dinner every night except for Saturdays, when my old man stepped up to the task. As you might imagine, my mom was an incredible cook. From quick snacks to four-course meals, she could do it all. Unfortunately, I was a pretty boring kid when it came to my taste in food. My lunch requests basically fluctuated between PB&Js and plain bologna sandwiches. Beyond those early mornings and making the bland lunches I adored, Mom sacrificed a lot for us. Despite how busy she was, my mom was always supportive of my sisters and me. Although
My mom sacrificed a lot to give me the opportunities I have. I wouldn’t be where I am today were it not for her love and support. As a father, I’m grateful that her home-cooked meals taught me the value of sitting down with the family and just enjoying one another’s company.
To all the moms out there, happy Mother’s Day.
– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
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