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2 MOMS, 1 MOTHER’S DAY TRADITION Celebrating My Wife and Remembering My Mom
My parents divorced when Jen and I were really young, and our mom was the rock of our little family unit. She put herself through nursing school on a single income during that time and still did everything she could to provide for us, help us, and set us up for good lives. Eventually, she met Jerry, who is a great guy, but I’ll never forget how hard she struggled for a while to make ends meet for us.
If you’ve been reading this newsletter from the very beginning, you might remember that I got my start in physical therapy because of my mom, who was a nurse. Hearing about how much she helped people inspired me to get into the health care field, but over the years, she did a lot more for me than just shape my career! With Mother’s Day coming up this month, I thought I’d take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about the rest of what made my mom special. First though, I need to get through the hard part. Seven years ago, in July 2013, my sister Jen and I lost our mom to ovarian cancer. She was young, only 55, and when she passed, it left a big hole in both of our lives. That’s partly because of what an incredible woman she was — she was a hard worker, fiercely independent, and a strong role model — and partly because until she met my stepdad Jerry, she raised us on her own.
still lives. The house backs up to a reservoir that has some nice trails winding through it. When Jen and I were growing up, we’d walk the dogs there almost every Mother’s Day with our mom and Jerry if it was warm or spend the afternoon in our big backyard. These are great memories, and I love that Mother’s Day with Mel and our own kids often follows that tradition. Mel’s favorite place to spend Mother’s Day is the Farmington River Trail, so most years, we pack up the kids, their bikes, and our dog Charlie and take them there for a biking/ hiking adventure. We always have a great time, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. If you get to spend Mother’s Day with your mom this year, do me a favor: Give her a hug while you can because you never know which hug will be the last. –Jarred Parker JOIN US AT THE TERRYVILLE ROTARY 5K! On Sunday, May 3, the Rotary Club of Terryville is holding its annual road race, and our team will be cheering from the sidelines! If you’re running or strolling, stop by our booth at Terryville High School to say hello. We hope to see you there!
Sometimes my amazing wife, Mel, reminds me a bit of my mom, but I really see the similarities in their personalities on Mother’s Day. That’s because when I was a kid, my mom never wanted to have the typical “me day” on Mother’s Day. Instead of doing something to pamper herself like heading to a spa or having brunch out with her friends, she always wanted to spend time in nature with her family, and Mel is the same way.
The house I grew up in is in New Hampshire, where my stepdad Jerry
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