There are three moms in my life who I need to give a shout out to today on Mother's Day, my mother, my wife and my daughter. They rocked my world in their individual ways and deserve special recognition on a day where the sun's coming out even in Michigan.
As a guy, I've found it too easy to make Mother's Day mainly a "card holiday" where you wade through the crowd at the neighborhood Walgreens and get a card that brings a smile with a nice illustration and warm words that you get with five bucks or more. This year I want to share my thoughts with the whole world.
My greetings go to my mom posthumously. She was a difference-maker in my life and one who left a lifelong imprint on my identity. On this blog plug her name--Frieda Thorp--into the search engine and you will find plenty about her incredible life and about a person who personified unconditional love, integrity and a strong will that would not allow her to quit even under the most extreme circumstances. She loved God and I know she's looking at him right now in heaven.
As I've heard Gary Vaynerchuk on The Daily Grape say about his wife, my wife gives me breath. Gladys is a gift from God. Again, I have been on the receiving end of unconditional love and this time from her. We've lived a lot of life together and we've filled several big airplane hangers with memories. If living in heaven is anything like being married to Gladys, then I'm looking forward to it. You can see her legacy in our kids and our grandson.
This is my daughter Krista's first Mother's Day. She rocked my world when she was born. She's special, special, special in my eyes. The list of Krista memories could fill a hard drive and would still bring a smile to my bearded face. I love watching her with our grandson Xavier and with her husband Adam. She knows the important role that mothers play and she's living it.
These are three key people in my life. They are each gifts from God. I love them greatly. Happy Mother's Day to my mom, to Gladys and to Krista.