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May 13, 2014

LETTERS: Take care of our mothers; vote on Nov. 4

Endeavor to take care of mothers

Radio commentator Paul Harvey once said about moms that when there wasn’t enough ice cream to go around so all the family could have some, mom suddenly remembered she was on a diet — or said she was. And when there were three pieces of pie and four mouths, mom became the fourth mouth — it was that diet again.

In his recent acceptance speech for his NBA MVP award, Kevin Durant said his mom was his MVP. She was a single mom with two kids at age 21, and she kept him going when he wanted to quit. They moved from place to place, and he said, “We weren’t supposed to be here. You kept us off the street. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry, you sacrificed for us.”

Some firemen were looking around a scorched area from a fire they had put out. They kicked over a blackened mound and found it to be the charred remains of a mother hen. Beneath her, huddled together, was her little brood of baby chicks, who survived under her wings and sacrifice.

President Lincoln said of his mom, “All I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” His mom was Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died when he was only 9 years old. They buried her near a deer trail in the southern Indiana forests, because deer were about the only “critters” women weren’t afraid of. Though he didn’t have her for very long, Abe loved his mother dearly.

One Christmas the Tribune asked younger readers what they wanted most for Christmas. One young girl wrote simply, “I want my mom.” They weren’t able to fulfill her request, but it made an impression on everyone, that girl’s mom was what she wanted most.

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