From The World Of Parks & Recreation
By Doug Comer
Picture this scenario. You are playing a sport – let’s just say it is baseball. You get on base and you decide to steal second and you slide in the process. You scuff your knee and you get dirt on your uniform. Now you have a scrape on your leg and you have a filthy outfit. What do you do?
The answer is very simple. Go to your mom. She will wipe those tears, clean your wound and give it a kiss before she puts on the Scooby Doo Band-Aid to protect it. Later, she will soak your uniform in Oxi Clean and it will be as good as new by the next game.
This week’s article is all about mom. And I am making it my feature now so you will have plenty of time to get her that special gift on the second Sunday in May, which is known as Mother’s Day. That gift could be anything and it can range from taking her out to lunch or even helping her with something that needs fixed at her home. Whatever it is, she will appreciate it and love you for it.
Moms are naturally protective of their children. It is purely instinctual and it all started the day she found out the moment she knew she was having you. When my wife, Jeovanna found out that we were having a child, the tears of joy started in an instant and at that moment, she became a mom and assumed the duties that go along with that title.
And being the scheduler, she studied, researched and was readily prepared to have our little boy. But, as many of the mothers reading this already knows, you really cannot be totaled prepared for having a child. There are the intangibles, those unexpected events that you normally do not read about in books or search for on the web. It happens, and it is just a way of life.
When our little boy Costa joined the world in January, it was the happiest moment in her life. I know how she feels about me and the wonderful journey that we have been on. But, my wife was born to be a mom and she wanted this more than anything. She was prepared and experienced by having two nieces, but, it was still a process that surprises you on a daily basis. Yet, she is doing wonderfully at it.
I am a lucky man; I have a wonderful wife in my life and I have been blessed to have the love of my mom as well as my Aunt, who is like a mom as well. The two sisters are thick as thieves and it is a blast when those two are going at it. As my mom would say, “they are a hoot!”
My mom has always been there for me. In my early years, I was sick during Halloween and missed a couple of the trick-or-treat nights (which is devastating for any kid under 12 years old), she asked a friend of mine to take my bag and tell the neighbors that I was sick and that he was collecting a bag for me too. There are so many stories on how she has been a strong supporter in my life.
Aunt Peggy, who I could go to for advice, a haircut and a ton of love, has always been a comforting person. We have always shared a ton of laughs and she was my co-pilot on a trip home from Grove City, PA where unexpected harsh weather caused a lot of black ice. The trip took 5 hours to get home, but her calming nature kept things in check. I love them both and I am very grateful of their presence in my life.
I just do not have enough space to write about the moms in our lives. They are the best support system we have. And yes they will be mad at us, and punish us when we are bad. But, they will never lose the love that they have for you. Again, really think about a gift for your mom. One simple gift they will enjoy is this…. just make time for her.