My mom’s the greatest. She’s been my advisor, my ally, my mentor, my friend and most of all, my wonderful mother throughout my life. Mom has been my biggest cheerleader, gently guiding me and quietly letting me absorb her ethics and standards through her example.
Nikki Beare’s been an outstanding woman who has spent her life working for the betterment of others. I remember when Florida Governor Collins wanted to appoint her to the state library board at a period in which we were moving to Michigan. She helped initiate the bookmobile system in our town there. Upon return to Florida, she worked staunchly as an advocate for women and families, minorities and the disabled, for which she is honored as one of Florida’s Women’s Hall of Fame in the Capitol Rotunda. She deserves it.
Mom rarely had it easy with me. I was an independent child, always trying to expand my boundaries. While some of my peccadilloes seem pretty mild in today’s world, it took a strong personality to overcome my redheaded personality. Together, we’ve made it through, and have a strong, loving relationship that I cherish. Moms are important, and I’m glad there’s a day set aside for them. I love you, Mom!
This Sunday, I also want to lovingly recognize Barbara Schenker, my mother-in-law, who is a terrific woman and to whom I’m grateful for the amazing gift of her son. And a special hug and love go to my daughter, Jennifer Raulins Anderson who has provided us with her super husband Ryan and two incredibly beautiful and gifted grandchildren, Jack and Kate. Jen, you’re a natural mother!
Happy Mother’s Day to moms everywhere. You’re special people!