‘Tribute to Betty’ and moms everywhere

Spring is my favorite season of the year.

I love to see the flowers in bloom and those flowering trees, so beautiful! We have several things in May to enjoy. The National Day of Prayer was May 2. Cinco de Mayo is today, along with the beginning of National Pet Week. Mother’ Day is May 12. Armed Forces Day is the May 18. National Sorry Day is the 26th (just in case you’re in need of it) and Memorial Day is May 27.

Armed Forces Day is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. It is recognized annually on the third Saturday of May, and this is thanks to President Harry S Truman.

In August 1949 Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force days. In 1961, John F. Kennedy declared it a national holiday. Ways to celebrate include wearing red, white and blue; flying the American flag; participating in programs or parades; or sending out care packages to those serving overseas.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May. It honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, observances are usually held at military graveyards, cemeteries and memorial sites. Some places have themed parades.

Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday of May, thanks to President Woodrow Wilson in 1914 declaring it a national holiday. It celebrates motherhood and is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures.

I wrote the following poem to my mother-in-law in 2008. I’m sharing it today; perhaps you can see your own mother here or change it around to use your mother’s name.

A Tribute To Betty

At this time of year, with all the rushing around — Let us stop and reflect; “family” is the best gift we found.

Yes, we’re all here together, that’s what matters the most- And, at 94, Betty, you’re still the best host.

With a generous spirit and a heart full of love — For others, selflessly, you go over and above.

You’re a beautiful mother, friend, confidante and advisor — We look to you, in an attempt to make us wiser!

For me, dear Betty, you gladly accepted this single mom of two boys — And since, have brought to our lives so many joys.

Eternally grateful, we will always be — The following is what your name means to me —

B stands for Beauty — both inside and out

E is for your Everlasting spirit, no doubt!

T stands for the Timeless Treasure that you are

T is for the Thoughtfulness that you possess, by far

Y stands for the “Yia Yia” that you are to so many!

You have taught us all, being so kind and caring ­– That celebrating life is all about sharing!

Whether you are a first-time mother, mom of many or a grandmother, you know how time-consuming it is once your children have arrived. If we’re being totally honest, we must admit that it is the hardest and most rewarding job we’ll ever have!

The actual pay in dollars and cents is pretty much non-existent. However, the memories made, the lives you’re shaping, the lessons you’ve taught are priceless.

Henry Ward Beecher (preacher) once said, “We never know the love of a parent until we become parents ourselves.”

Let us make sure to remember the mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts or any mother figure in your life. If they are still living, be sure and do something very special for your mothers. If they have passed on, take a moment and remember the beautiful life that was your mother. Just let me say thank you to those who have given me feedback on this column. And especially to the wonderful mothers in our area. My special wish for you today is a wonderful day filled with whatever makes you the happiest and healthiest of our moms everywhere!