Herald Journal Columns
May 20, 2002

The real love of a lifetime


"No one will ever love you like your mother, boys."

My kids are so sick of hearing that sentence that they begin rolling their eyes before I have even finished it.

Someday, they will understand, providing that I don't screw up their upbringing too much. I learned myself how much my mom loved me too, after my own many mistakes and quests for independence.

Guess who was there to pick me up and brush me off when I needed help? My mother.

Who was there to give me a good talking to when I needed it? Again, my mom. And, trust me, she has a way of letting me have it so that I will understand.

With Mother's Day just past us, I can't help but reminisce about all of the ways that my own mom has been there for me. She has been the greatest, and has given me a model to shape myself after with my own children.

She sure wasn't perfect, but hey, she was pretty darn good!

I see the mistakes that I make as a parent all too well, and the guilt I feel when I don't do something right has a way of eating away at me. I wonder sometimes if my mom ever had those guilt feelings like I do.

As I look back and see my childhood, I don't see any reason for guilt at all. I hope my children will overlook the mistakes that I see now so vividly when they look back.

One can only hope . . .

I have been fortunate to have a wonderful mom, and also fortunate to have a wonderful step-mom and mother-in-law. At this point in my life I have three mother figures. Some people are never lucky enough to have even one.

That means that I have three women in my life who will be there for me, unconditionally, and who will be able to understand the things that only mothers understand.

Remember, everyone, that no one will ever love you like your mom does. I truly believe this is true.

With that in mind, make sure you give her the respect that she deserves - and not just on Mother's Day, but every day.

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