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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mom!

Since Thursday I talked about some running moms, I wanted to spend this time to give a little love to MY mom.

Well, my mom kind of rocks, and I don't give her enough credit for it about 90% of the time.  What happened when I was a kid was that my dad became pretty much absent from the time that I was about 3 years old on.  Oh sure, he was still around now and again, to take me to Disney World and the like, but the reason why I have so much trouble picking out Father's Day Cards is that he didn't DO any of that cliche dad stuff that other dads do.  As a result, my mom and my sisters had to pick up the slack.  I always felt a little bit cheated because I came along so late - my sisters got the REAL family and I got the broken up one.

Now, I'm older though, and I've had some experiences with "real" families and I've discovered that my "broken" family is one of the closest, most awesome families out there, dad or no dad.  My mom, while she hasn't been quite the traditional mother to me in a lot of ways, has spent the last 40-some years dedicated to her family and to her kids, and she has done everything she could ever do to make our lives better.

Here's an example:  My brother, being a single parent, needed help.  My mom found his kids cheap orthodontics at the University of Maryland Dental School and drives them once a month up to Baltimore (remember that both my mom and brother live in Southern Maryland) for their appointments.  She does all kinds of stuff like that.

Mom goes above and beyond for all of us.  So, happy mother's day, mom.  You are awesome.

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