Mother’s Day is just around the corner and SFGate wants to honor moms. We’re asking readers to email a special photo of their mother along with a 100-word tribute to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 8. Please include “Mother’s Day Tribute” in the subject line.
If your actual mom wasn’t the primary mother figure in your life, then tell us about an aunt, a babysitter, a grandmother, a teacher, or anyone who provided you with encouragement, support and wisdom to help you get through life.
What can you say about the woman who raised six children of her own as well as 3 nephews and countless others in a two-bedroom home in a small copper mining town in Arizona? My mom met my father when they were both in first grade in Miami, Ariz. After that initial meeting, there was never anyone else for her. My mother and father spent the next 61 years of married life raising their children, living a simple life and reveling in the company of each other.
Sometimes out of boredom but mostly out of financial need, my mother worked off and on during the time that she raised all of us. She kept my father’s books for his pest control company, did his taxes, made the meals, did the laundry, gave the hugs, told a great story and played the piano and organ while she sang. She did it all because that is what you do. You love with all your heart and live with all your strength.
A smile and a laugh from her was enough to make your day. A glare from her over the organ while she played for church services was enough to put you on your best behavior. She gave and instilled the greatest of love and loyalty from everyone and made our worlds safe and calm.
The greatest gifts any parent can give their children is the gift of a happy childhood and a loving home. We were the lucky recipients of these gifts and are now the keepers of these gifts to pass to our children and their children. What an awesome responsibility.
My mother passed away on February 6th of this year after an 18-year battle with breast cancer. My father lost his best friend, we lost our greatest champion.
What can you say about the woman who was all these things? “I love you, Mom.”
In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re hoping to hear about those mother figures who touched your life in some special way. Please send in a photo of your mother (or grandmother or aunt or any mother figure who made a difference in your life) along with a 100-word tribute and we will consider sharing your contribution on SFGate. Send tributes to email@example.com by May 8. Please include “Mother’s Day Tribute” in your email subject line.