Houston & Alexander April May 2018

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DEFENSE DOCKET MY MOTHER

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I’m sure many are scrambling to find the right way to show their appreciation. I’ll definitely be giving my mom a call if I can’t make it over to Memphis to visit her in person. We talk almost every other day, but on a special day like this, it’s important to reflect on and appreciate what she means to me. My mother had me when she was a month shy of 18, so she was pretty much a child herself. We kind of grew up together. Her marriage to my father was short, and given that they divorced when I was three, I don’t have any recollection of their time together. Even though she had some trying periods, she always had time for me. As I grow older, I am more and more appreciative and understanding about what she had to deal with and go through as a young mother. One of the things that my siblings and I have never doubted, though, is our mother’s love for us. She worked hard to keep a roof over our heads and managed to keep all of us on track. “As I grow older, I am more and more appreciative and understanding about what she had to deal with and go through as a young mother.” Today, my mother finally has some time to herself. After a life of hard work both at the office and at home, she’s earned some serious R&R. She likes going out to dinner and playing cards with her friends, but what she enjoys most is spending time with her grandchildren. My sister has a 7-year-old and a 2-year-old, and our mother’s face lights up every time she sees them. In fact, she enjoys the little ones’ company so much, she’s planning on moving to Utah to be closer to them. Moving out West after spending most of

her life in Memphis will certainly be a difficult adventure for her. But I know my mom; she’s never let life’s difficulties get in the way of being there for her family. Mom, I’m sorry to see you move so far away, but I know it’ll mean the world to be closer to your grandkids. I always look forward to our conversations, so you don’t have to worry about me losing touch. Thanks for always being there for me. I’ll always be grateful for the sacrifices you’ve made to keep me on the path to a better life.

Happy Mother’s Day,

–Johnny Houston

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