As we celebrate our moms today, I have to give credit to my mother and grandmother for helping mold me into what I have become.
Grandma Monie (Rosa Lee was her birth name) was the most spiritual lady I have ever known, so I thank her for helping build my faith.
She was a kind-hearted, caring person that treated everyone with respect no matter who they were.
She is also the reason I am life-long Auburn fan as the family moved to the Loveliest Village on the Plains nearly 100 years ago.
My Mom still lives there and loves her town and the sports there.
So it is their fault that I wear orange and blue shirts plastered with the AU logo on them.
Grandma loved to write letters and my mom continues that tradition nearly weekly.
I still have some of the letters that Monie wrote me and I smile every time I see my mom’s handwriting on a letter that arrives in the mail box.
So I guess it is only natural that I became a journalist as I inherited their gift for writing.
I am grateful for their influences on my life and their love, especially when I was still a child.
Both of them researched and wrote down what they could find out about their side of the family history.
I appreciate their efforts to let me know that my great-grandfather was a circuit-riding Methodist preacher and as far as we know there were no horse thieves among my descendants.
A couple of years ago, I sat down and interviewed my mother and asked her nearly 200 questions about her life. It was a great experience for the both of us.
So as you celebrate Mother’s Day this year — in person, by phone or only in memory — keep in mind the importance of preserving the facts of that special person’s life for the future.
If your mother is gone, make a record of what she told you, while you still remember it.
If she’s in good health now, get the information from her before she is not.
And, if you are a mother yourself, prepare accurate family records for your children.
Like life itself, knowledge is an irreplaceable gift.