Mother's Day is nearly upon us, and it's a time to reflect on all the mothers in our lives. It's a time to thank and recognize them for how much they've influenced us and all the hard work they've done for us.
In this week's Mood, we honor the moms of some of our readers and staff. Even if your photo isn't on these pages, if you are a mother, we also honor you! May this Mother's Day bring you love and joy.
Here are some readers' and staffers' messages to their mothers.
Gracious mother touched many
You were good. That's the highest compliment I can give anyone, and I'm happy I can say it about you. You did good things. I still come in contact with people who grew up in your town and tell me that you were their Sunday school teacher and then they tell me how much they loved you and what a positive influence you had on their lives. You were always being a chauffeur for your “little old ladies,” many of whom were younger than you, who needed rides to doctors or church or the grocery store.
But, in my mind, more important than the good things you did were the good things you said. You might admit to knowing something not so nice about someone, but you were a champion at rationalizing and excusing and forgiving bad behavior. I can still hear you saying, in response to hearing something bad about a person, “yes, but ...” And then you would come up with some probable reason for that person's having acted as he or she did, followed with some kind of compliment, such as “she always took good care of her children.”
I am so thankful that your goodness included my brothers and me and our dad. You are missed every day, and I will always love you.
— Bonnie Warren
Mother's love most valuable
Your love made up for any monetary thing we didn't have. Thanks!
— Carol Ann Enlow-Cullum
Tough times not too tough for mom
The year was 1945. My mom, Vivian Logan Wright, was a hardworking person, totally dedicated to her family. I'm grateful for the values she taught and the examples she set. Times were tough, and she had no modern conveniences. She put in long hours every day and, along with my father, succeeded in raising four good, successful children.
— Betty Pannell, Pauls Valley
A mother with deep roots
A tribute to Juanita Westfall, also known as “Nanny”: Ninety years and five generations is unimaginable to most people. Mom/Nanny's life started with Troy Westfall, “Granddaddy.”
They've had 60 years of marriage, three children, seven granddaughters, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Mom has lived at the same home for 64 years in Del City, where we as a family celebrate every Mother's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and everyone's birthdays. She taught us that no matter what, family always comes first.
— Shirley Coleman
Baby honors mom on first Mother's Day
I am so happy to get to spend my first Mother's Day with the best mom! I will turn 9 months old right after Mother's Day and I am so lucky to have the mom that I do. She takes great care of me and she even tries to teach me how to crawl! I haven't quite gotten that down yet. I know I keep her up some nights, but I don't mean to. I just wanted to say thank you and I love you so much!
— Hunter Maly (with a little help from Dad, Jason Maly), honoring Jennifer Maly
Farming mom's powerful gift
When I was growing up, I constantly had to explain my mother's profession to people. She was — and still is — a farmer. Carol Jones was a farmer's wife, but that wasn't her job. She and my dad have always owned and worked their farm together. My mother has always kept the books, helped work the cattle and done her part to tend the fields. And the hay swather has always been hers; my dad says that no one in the Washita River Valley could ever cut a windrow straighter than my mom. She was — and is — a farmer. Plus, she cooked, cleaned, cared for and ferried around my sister and me.
She taught me that if I worked hard, I could do things that maybe others thought I couldn't. More importantly, she taught me to treat people like Jesus does: Love them, even in spite of themselves sometimes, and follow the Golden Rule and treat them the way I would want to be treated.