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Dear Mom

Mother’s Day is Sunday here in the U.S., and I must say that I’ve got a pretty amazing Mom.

Let me tell you about her a little bit.

First off, my mom probably doesn’t know that Tupac Shakur wrote a song called “Dear Mama” back in the 1990s. There’s about a 99.9% chance she doesn’t even know who Tupac Shakur is.

That’s fine. You might have heard of him. The chorus of the song basically says, “Dear Mama, you are appreciated.” And that’s what I’m telling you about my Mom today.

She was the first person who read to me when I was a toddler. Later, she helped teach me how to read, and she was the first person I ever remember reading with. To this day, we still talk about books.

Though I never developed her love for the Louis L’amour western, and though I know she wouldn’t be caught dead reading books like Infinite Jest or The Catcher in the Rye, I’ve always had a special bond with her over the beauty of literature.

When I abruptly withdrew from law school to go back through undergrad and become a writer, she supported me the entire time. She understood me when a lot of people were probably tilting their head.

Everybody talks about the importance of fathers these days—and, as a father, I understand the responsibility I have. But moms are where it’s at. When you have a good mom, a mom that loves you and supports you no matter what, you’ve been given a head start in life. You’re so much more equipped to deal with all the crap that might come your way.  

So thanks Mom. Thanks for passing on your love of reading to me—and, more than that, thanks for you just being a wonderful mom. You prepared me for life, and I wouldn’t be much of a reader or a writer without you.

You’re the best. I love you.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a wonderful mom who’s still around, make sure you stop by or give her a call this weekend. You wouldn’t be here, quite literally, without her.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there!

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful tribute to your mom.


    May 9, 2014
  2. Indeed – a great tribute to your mum. 🙂 ❤️
    Greetings from Norway, Dina and the Bookfayries Siri and Selma


    May 9, 2014
  3. Lovely words! “Moms are where it’s at” – couldn’t agree more!
    In the UK we have already had our Mother’s Day (it’s always in March here). Happy Mother’s Day to all the American and Canadian moms! 🙂


    May 9, 2014
  4. Very nice.

    And now I have “Dear Mama” in my head.


    May 9, 2014
  5. k #

    I totally forgot about Mother’s day!

    Now I feel immensely guilty about such an action. Dear Mama, mothers are the best!


    May 9, 2014
  6. Jetagain #

    Both my adult children tell me repeatedly that they love me (The feeling is ferociously mutual.) I learned everything about mothering from my own mother–I just did the opposite of what she did. It worked out great for my own kids. Am I bitter–maybe a little.


    May 9, 2014
  7. Any post that discusses Tupac and Louis L’Amour is alright with me.


    May 10, 2014
  8. cindy farmer #

    Robert, I agree 100%. Mrs. Judy is absolutely w o n d e r f u l! (said very slowly with a long drawl!) Cindy Farmer


    May 13, 2014

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