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Thanks, Mom, for everything

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Editorial: May 8, 2011

The issue: Mother’s Day
Our view: A day of celebration

There is no day more important than Mothers Day. If you don’t believe that just ask your mom.

Oh, we love our moms year around but on this day we celebrate everything that makes our mothers “moms.” Most of us have more than just one woman who has had an influence in our lives, whether it’s our birth mother, stepmother, grandmother, big sister or even a co-worker.

Has there ever been a conversation about a mom that did not include momisms? Those cherished and unique little sayings that our mothers used to instill wisdom in us while we were growing up? Evidently we never fully mature in our mothers’ eyes because no matter what stage of life we might be in, those little sayings never stop coming. When we were young we dreaded hearing them, as we grow older they bring smiles to us.

Just think about all the important lessons moms have taught us:

Our mothers taught us about anticipation ...
“Just wait until your father gets home.”

Our mothers taught us about receiving ...
“You are going to get it when we get home!”

Our mothers taught us to meet a challenge ...
“What were you thinking? Answer me when I talk to you. Don’t talk back to me!”

Our mothers taught us logic ...
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

Our mothers taught us medical science ...
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way.”

Our mothers taught us to think ahead ...
“If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job.”

Our mothers taught us ESP...
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you’re cold?”

Our mothers taught us to have a sense of humor  ...
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

Our mothers taught us how to become adults ...
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

Our mothers taught us about genetics ...
“You’re just like your father.”

Our mothers taught us about our roots ...
“Do you think you were born in a barn?”

Our mothers taught us about the wisdom of age ...
“When you get to be my age, you will understand.”

fOur mothers taught us it’s important to be prepared ...
“If you leave the house without clean underwear on, you’ll get in an accident.”

Our mothers taught us to be open minded ...
“You’ll eat it and you’ll like it.”

Our mothers taught us that it’s important to have choices in life ...
“You have two choices for dinner, take it or leave it, now pick one.”

Our mothers taught us the value of money and the limits of Mother Nature ...
“Money doesn’t grow on trees around here.”

Our mothers taught us the importance of having vision ...
“You’ll put your eye out with that.”

Our mothers taught us to communicate clearly ...
“Because I said so, that’s why.”

Our mothers taught us that we are what we eat ...
“You’re turning into a cheeseburger.”

Our mothers taught us to lower our expectations ...
“If you want breakfast in bed then sleep in the kitchen.”

Our mothers taught us to value our friends ...
“If all your friends jumped off a cliff I suppose you’d want to jump, too.”

And our all time favorite — justice ...
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you. ... Then you’ll see what it’s like.”

Thanks mom, we owe so much to you for your boundless love and guidance.

Without moms, emergency rooms would be backed up for days, there would be no minivans on the road and we would all be forced to get our meals from a convenience store or fast-food franchise.

Celebrate the day with your mother and thank every mom you see today because moms really do have the toughest job of all.

Happy Mother's Day.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.