A Mom is the center of the family

Moms give us unconditional love and understanding and are truly the centerpiece of the family. Photo: C. Vandegriffe

MISSOURI, May, 2013- Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year to eat at a restaurant, according to the National Restaurant Association. The thought is that since Mom has made so many meals during the year, she deserves to be honored and served on her special day.

Moms are the centerpieces of the family. They are the ones who have infinite patience and understanding. They make time to listen no matter how busy they are or how they feel. You can see the compassion in their eyes and their tone of voice. Mom is the spiritual leader of the family, sending readings, poems and articles to all family members periodically. As a rule, she takes the lead in driving the children to sports games, piano lessons and other activities. She keeps dolls and toys on hand for the visits by the children. Mom remembers everyone on holidays.

Most importantly, Mom’s love comes from her heart as she attends to the family’s needs—a love that is consistent with day to day.

The following is truly a simple statement that describes what a typical mother is, and we can all relate to the following scenario. “A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: “My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I?” When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother-Unknown”

Time marches on and what do we see? We see the new moms of the family. It’s great. Life is starting again for the new moms, who we know will continue the tradition of being the loving listeners, caring, patient, enforcers and spiritual nurturers of the family because they were taught by the “very best.”

However, that’s just from the time and place I am from-


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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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