By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: May 13, 2018 | 1:30 p.m.
VIRGINIA – Mother’s Day is today, a holiday set aside to honor, recognize, and pay homage to perhaps one of the greatest threads of all of the world’s societies — Mothers. They brought us into this world and watched us draw our first breath. They fed us, changed us, clothed us, bathed us, and gazed at us with admiration and love, as they rocked us on their laps. They fixed our boo-boo’s, dried our tears, and chased away the scary things. They sang with us, laughed with us, and prayed with us. Their voice was most often loving and kind, but could grow firm and terse when we did wrong. They were always there to pick us up when we fell, and to remind us that “falling” and “failing” were a part of life, and would pass.
Not everyone still has their Mother. Some have passed. Sadly, some have become alienated from their Mothers, for whatever reasons. Perhaps the saddest of all, still others have become too busy in their lives to spend meaningful time with their Mothers, and forgotten what a truly Blessed gift their Mothers are. There are even those that never had wonderful relationships with their own Mothers, but absolutely everyone treasures, loves, and reveres the idea of Motherhood.
What makes your Mother special? This question was posed to residents from all over central and southside Virginia, and some of the answers were chosen for this special Mother’s Day article.
Brook McKensie Flowers, Chesterfield, waitress at Texas Roadhouse, Colonial Heights, said, “My Mother, Shannon Wrenn of Colonial Heights, always strives to be positive. She is widowed because we lost our Dad. My Mother has always done without so many things for herself, so that my sister and I could have things that we wanted.”
“My mother was Peggy Burton, Dinwiddie, and she was one of the kindest and most loving women I ever knew. All that she ever wanted to be was a mother, because her mother died when she was just seven-years-old. She adored her three children and her precious grandson. She always sacrificed in order for her children to have the things that they needed or wanted. She was a Registered Nurse, and she served as a school nurse in the Dinwiddie County Public Schools for many years. Whenever we were out in public, and one of her children from school would see her, they would run up to hug her and speak to her. She loved every one of them. She was a wonderful cook, and was known for her chocolate meringue pies and her homemade ham rolls,” said Martha Burton, Dinwiddie.
Little Grey Williams, age 4, Crozier, said, “My Mom snuggles with me on the couch when we watch Winnie the Pooh Bear or the Funniest Videos. When I have to go to bed, she sings twinkle, twinkle, little star cause I don’t want to go to sleep.” Grey’s Mom is Haley Williams.
“My Mother’s name is Smilie Rives. She lived in McKenney, and was loved by all who knew her. Even though Mama died several years ago, she is still with me every single day. She had such a peace and calmness about her. I used her as a sounding board many, many, many times,” said Becky Winn, McKenney.
Megan Parsio, Chesterfield, said that her Mother Rebecca Parsio, Chesterfield, “has always put everything in her own life on the back burner to take care of my sister and me. I am 22 and my sister is 24. My Mother has had so much going on for so long; but all of it, and I mean all of it, has always been put on hold and on the back burner, and my sister and I, and our needs, have always come first. My Mother is selfless and amazing.”
There were several common threads that kept recurring in the answers from people that were asked the question, “what makes your Mother special?” Mothers are most often selfless, putting their children’s needs before their own. They are kind. They are loving. They are patient. They are sometimes “snuggly.” Most of all, they are loved by their children. Happy Mother’s Day to all our wonderful Mothers!
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