Moms ask us to wear a coat when we’re not cold, eat our veggies when we don’t want to, and be kind when we’re cranky. They also love and nurture us, support our dreams, delight in our stories, marvel at our accomplishments, and worry about our safety—long after we’ve reached adulthood.
The notion of honoring mothers with an official holiday was inspired by Anna Jarvis, who wanted to recognize the work and memory of her own mother. Due primarily to her efforts, in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day as a national holiday to honor mothers.
In that spirit, we share some of our favorite memories, words of wisdom, admonitions and quotes from the women who helped shape who we are today.
“My mom taught me not to say anything if I couldn’t say something nice.” — Scott Andrews
“My mom was a big Blazer fan. She was the nanny for Maurice Lucas but loved the team long before that. She’d be thrilled to know they made it into the second round of the playoffs. She was an all-around amazing mother.” — Kim Barnett
“People around the world are starving, so eat every carrot and pea on your plate!” — Rob Benner
“My mom was a wonderful, funny and warm woman. She struggled with Alzheimer’s disease but her sense of humor was intact most of her life. My favorite expressions were ‘lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise,’ ‘handy as two pockets on a shirt’ (anything super-useful), and ‘what a frog strangler’ (heavy rain), and many other Oklahoma sayings.” — Marcia Coffey
“Mothers are the gold standard of patience.” — Don Drake
“This is my mom’s first Mother’s Day as a grandma to her only daughter’s baby, which is very special.” — Liz Hirst
“My mom has a recipe for blackberry buckle that is so delicious. Every summer we would go hunting for the best blackberries and fill buckets of them to take home and use in our buckle. I have passed this tradition on to my own kids.” — Kristen Wood
In honor of Mother’s Day, from all of us at Melvin Mark, we say, “thanks, mom!”