A Mother’s Day Note
Many of us celebrate Mother’s Day each year with greetings, flowers, and gifts. This year I want to share with you the important impact my mother had on my life and career. She passed away a few years ago but I’m sure she continues to look over my shoulder.
I grew up in a small laundry and dry cleaning business and came home to the shop after school every day to help out. I observed my mother handling the business’s finances and accounting, while my father managed the business’s operation.
My mom positively influenced everyone there: the employees, customers, and the vendors. She provided an uplifting environment, was continually supportive, and while she handled the important finance and accounting function she freed up my father to focus on running the business. The influence I’m referring to, relative to my mother, is that she constantly encouraged me to work hard and always reminded me that if I stayed positive and helped other people, I would excel and have a successful life.
On this Mother’s Day—as every day—I am eternally grateful to my mom. I hope you’ll take some time today to thank your mom for all she’s given you.
What kinds of stories do you have about how your mom or maternal figure positively influenced your life?
Happy Mother’s Day!
May 13, 2017 @ 14:23
Wonderful story, Jay. You and Linda live out her role model every day.
Thank you for sharing!
Michele Kochoff Platt
May 13, 2017 @ 15:04
Thanks for posting Jay. My mother and her sister (our dear aunt and godmother) had a positive influence on my life. My mother for her health conscious lifestyle, common sense, and “focus on the mission” attitude remain with me to this day. Her talent to navigate thru personalities and get the job done were remarkable. Now on to my sweet aunt, whose love of fine cooking and positive attitude stay with me to this day. We spent many hours cooking together. Whenever I smell butter cooking, she is there. Her motto: “Attitude NOT aptitude”.
May 13, 2017 @ 15:35
Love it, she was proud of you.
May 14, 2017 @ 00:18
I think Mom had the same impact and influence in the business as NanNaw. They influenced our lives as caregivers and strong business women. Both equally important. Miss your Mom/NanNaw. Love You!