Berman PT May 2020

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM! THE MOM BEHIND THE MAN

I'm not afraid to admit it: This month, I was stumped for newsletter topics. I thought I had hit all the highlights — my wedding, how I met my wife, gator games, and my world- famous chair crunches! But with Mother’s Day coming up, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about a vital part of my support system: my mom! My mom has always been there for me, and she always has a sense of how things will work out. As I grew into my own man, she saw where and how I would have friction in my life. Whenever she saw anything, good or bad, she was the first to say something. That level of support prepared me for anything life threw at me growing up. But if I did run into an obstacle, she was always there to point me in the right direction. Growing up, she had four siblings who she was close to, and they gave her a lot of experience to pull from when giving me advice. Not only does she give incredible advice, but she is also such a kind, amazing person. She’s always been there to support me, even when I got into trouble. One day when I was in middle school, I was sick, so I had to stay home. I was bored, so naturally I went exploring through the house. During my expedition, I found something my father owned. Now, my dad was an entrepreneur and innovator, so he was always tinkering with expensive products. I can’t remember exactly what it was, but I do remember thinking it needed to go swimming. For some reason, I tossed it into our small pond in the backyard. “She’s always been there for me, and always has a sense of how things work out. As I grew into my own man, she saw where and how I would have friction in my life.”

When my mom found out I’d done something with my dad’s project, she begged me to tell her where I put it. When I finally told her, she went headfirst into the pond to retrieve it and clean it off. Any other mom would have grounded me immediately, screamed at me, or taken away my games. But she took the time to talk to me calmly about where it was and why I did it. It doesn’t mean I got off the hook for what I did, but leading her to the crime scene certainly softened the blow. Another thing I really appreciate about my mom is the fact she gave me my chocolate addiction! Growing up, every time she traveled, she would get me Guylian Belgian Chocolates. They’ve been my favorite candy for 30 years, and she still gets them for my birthday and Christmas. I didn’t always appreciate her advice and care as much as I should have. As I got older, I realized how knowledgeable she really is and how much she’s done for me. Now, we talk

often, and with her first grandchild on the way, she’s trying to buy a house three doors down from us! So, this newsletter is for you, Mom. Thank you for always being there for me. I can’t wait to see how you get your grandchild addicted to the same candy we are!

–Jake Berman

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