Friday, May 10, 2019
I Want To Wish My Mom A Very Public Happy Mother’s Day!
My mom used to read Dr. Seuss and Curious George books to me. Then she would be by my side as I read the words aloud. Those are some of my earliest and fondest memories of my mother. Of course, she did so many other things back then that I either took for granted or didn’t fully appreciate the effort that went into things. But I’m thankful she was there to support me as I grew up, and as I raise my children, I have come to appreciate what she did for me.
Raised in 1970’s Brooklyn by my parents of modest means, my dad worked and as was typical of the times, my mom stayed home to take care of my sister and me. By the time I turned 12 and entered junior high school, my mom went back to work.
Books were always around me. My older sister could devour a book in a day – still does – and my father read books on social justice, sports, and history. I didn’t see my mom read much except for the newspapers and an occasional humor book. I didn’t read many books outside of my school load, but I read a ton of magazines and newspapers.
Today, my mom is 78 and my dad’s been gone almost three years. But we celebrate Mother’s Day knowing that the role of mom is a challenging position, and one that’s evolved over time but still comes down to that of someone providing unconditional love. My mom was always there to support us.
In high school my mom helped me type my papers. I researched, wrote, and edited my work but I was no good at typing. She typed fast and would stay up until midnight to help me get it done. I felt like a reporter on deadline and she was there helping to typeset the story in time for the morning edition of the newspaper.
My mom used to always support my various hobbies as a kid, from stamp and coin collecting to saving TV Guide covers and other memorabilia of the day. But I still can’t forgive her and my dad for a night time raid of my room when I was maybe nine, telling me my room needed to be cleaned up. They tossed out newspapers and hundreds of baseball cards. In protest, I slammed down an expensive toy, Rock’em, Sock’em. I broke it. They were none too pleased.
One of my mom’s best accomplishments was to give up smoking after polluting her body for 50 years. She was told she had lung cancer and dropped the habit could turkey. They retested a few weeks later and realized a diagnostic mistake had been made. she was cancer-free. But upon hearing the good news, she never smoked again.
Mom, I love you, and wish you and all the ladies out there, a happy and healthy Mother’s Day!
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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs