May Newsletter: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day – Richard McGee


May brings warmer temperatures and colorful flowers and it also brings Mother’s Day. It’s a special day to thank the mother in our life for all she does and tell her how much she has meant to you. My mother passed away a few years ago, so I will tell everyone how special she was.

My mother was the twelfth child of thirteen born to a German immigrant on a farm 45 miles north of Dallas, Texas. She completed an eighth-grade education, all that was available at her local school. When she married my father, she gained an eight-year old son from his previous marriage. She later had three sons of her own.

My mother entered the university under a probation program for non-high school graduates. Under that program, she was required to maintain a B-average. She got only one B and the remainder all A’s on the way to getting her BA in education, and began teaching elementary school. Later she got a MA degree and taught for 28 years.

My mother loved and accepted everyone. Going through the racial turmoil in the late 1960’s, she would just shake her head and say, “Why can’t we all just get along.” She had no biases against color or sexual orientation, she just saw all humans as beings of God.

     She was my moral compass and the rock foundation in my life and somedays I really miss her. If your mother is still living, make sure to tell her how special she is to you this Mother’s Day.

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