MOMS AND ‘MUM MUMS’
T his Mother’s Day, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to know so many wonderful moms. Obviously, I need to start off by thanking my own mother for everything she did for our family throughout my childhood. My mom sacrificed a lot for my sister and me, and she wore many hats. She drove us to all our extracurricular activities and helped us with homework every night. My mom gave up so much to take care of us, and I don’t think she’s ever gotten enough recognition for it. When we were finally out of the house, my mom pursued a lifelong dream: acquiring a degree in Irish studies from Dublin University in Ireland. During my childhood, Mom put this aspiration on hold so she could put our family first. I’m so happy she finally got the chance to achieve this goal. Today, she’s a wonderful grandma to my own kids, who call her “Mum Mum.” Speaking of wonderful grandmas, I can’t forget another mom who welcomed me into her family with open arms. Nicole’s mother, Laura, is incredibly protective of her daughters, which makes the fact that she signed off on me all the more special. She put Nicole and her older sister, Rachelle, first throughout her entire life. Today, she’s still selfless, running her own business while also helping with the family. I don’t know how she does it, but that’s just the kind of loving and hard-working person she is. Last but far from least is my wife, Nicole, who is the greatest mom I’ve ever known. Our kids are young, exuberant, and challenging, but Nicole truly speaks their language. She encourages them to channel their energy through games, art, music, and activities. Our son, Finn, is about as crazy as you’d expect a 3 1/2-year-old to be, but when Nicole pulls out the crafts and games (he calls them “table activities”), he becomes this Zen little dude who plays for hours. Harlow is very into finding the most dangerous thing in the room and exploring it. Nicole finds ways to encourage Harlow’s fierce independence while making sure she doesn’t tear the house down. Nicole is wonderful at finding games for each of their different personalities. CELEBRATING SOME WONDERFUL MOTHERS
These games aren’t just distractions to keep our kids chill for a while. Nicole dedicates so much time to helping Finn and Harlow grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. It’s
a demanding job, but Nicole is truly dedicated to her kids. Really, she’s dedicated to our whole family, being as protective of Finn and Harlow as her mother was of her. She is patient and loving and will do everything she can to help our family grow stronger every day. You hear people talk about how a mother will do anything for her children, and when I look at my wife, I know that’s completely true.
I know I’m not the only person who can say I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for some pretty special moms. Please join me in celebrating all the wonderful moms in the world and everything they do to help make our lives better.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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