I can remember back in elementary school when the term “Momma’s Boy” was supposed to be an insult. 

For me it was always that case and even through high school and college I would have and still will consider myself a Momma’s Boy. 

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12 and I have had the luxury of growing up with what I consider the best mom ever. Although many of you reading this might have the same argument, today is about celebrating that special woman in your life that not only birthed you, but in most cases, had a hand in raising you. There’s thousands of moments in my life that I’m thankful for both my mom and my dad and everything they’ve done for me, but today is for you mom.

There are few things better than coming home from a trip away and having a home cooked meal from mom. For me it was always on the holidays where she makes the best sugar cookies and somehow always gets my best friend Justin and I to decorate them with her. Those trips home would also include a surprise visit to her work where she would parade me around the office like a museum exhibit for her coworkers. 

My mom was never the “soccer mom”, but she would always come to my sporting events even though she had absolutely no idea what was going on and admittedly said she would just clap whenever the other parents would. Sometimes that would involve mistaking my team for the other team. 

When I was little she would wake up my brother, sister and I at 6 a.m. and take us to the Dollar General in town to pick out three toys, but they all had to come to under $5. We would take random trips to haunted houses, movie nights and the outdoor shopping mall an hour away. 

Tons of moments have filled the years that I’ve seen my mom grow through life raising me. Whether that’s working her butt off in her job without a degree, providing for me throughout school even when she couldn’t and being there for all the moments I won’t forget. 

We’ve gotten to the point in our mother-son relationship that I would consider her my best friend, which is a unique situation for most. I’m not embarrassed to tell her about something personal or hesitant to ask for advice. 

It’s been a year since I’ve seen her and she always tunes into the Lake County Flash whenever it’s my turn on camera, but today this article is for her and for all the mothers out there that are reading this. Your nurturing, advice, love and memories are appreciated every day even when we as sons and daughters don’t say it. 

Whether your mom is old, middle aged or young, I’m glad to have had a mom that showed me the right way to be a young man and taught me the most important things in life are the memories you make with the people you love. 

So take your mom out to lunch or dinner, buy those flowers, write in a card or just say a few words on the phone, in a text message or in person.

But to the woman who has shown me how to be the best version of myself over the years — Thank you. 

 

— S. Garrett Shaw

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