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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Mother is a blessing

  • Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I probably won’t be spending it with my mother. (Unless she calls at the last minute to say, “I’m coming to visit,” which she certainly has been known to do.)
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  • Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I probably won’t be spending it with my mother. (Unless she calls at the last minute to say, “I’m coming to visit,” which she certainly has been known to do.)
    The trip would be mighty short for the one day I would get to spend with my mom. So I suppose I will be settling for the United States Postal Service and the telephone to convey my appreciation. It’s not really worthy of her, but, honestly, what would be? My mom is a pretty special person.
    Despite the many, many times she asked if I had my “days and nights turned back around” when I first took on a job working nights at the News-Star, she seems to have realized that isn’t likely to happen. These days, she doesn’t want to bother me if I’m sleeping or working, so it isn’t at all unusual for her to wake up in the middle of the night and decide to call me at 3 a.m. as long as she’s awake anyway.
    She also makes sure to drop the occasional card in the mail just to let me know she’s thinking of me. Somewhere, I still have the letter she wrote me when I first started college at St. Gregory’s. It was a great comfort at the time. I also have little notes she secreted away in all over my luggage when I went on a trip with my dad after graduation. It’s the little things.
    When I was in middle school, we had to do without her for a few months when she moved in with my great-grandmother, who was battling cancer. She brings it up still, sometimes, and to this day I think she worries that she somehow failed her children by being away from home during that time. I can only speak for myself, I suppose, but I don’t remember ever feeling hurt or neglected. I admired her for what she was doing for her grandmother, and still do.
    She’s a special lady who is always willing to lend a helping hand, give a hug, or offer words of encouragement or advice. I’m so proud to be able to claim her as my own. I just wish I knew how to begin to pay back all she’s done for me.
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    Tina Bridenstine is a page designer for The Shawnee News-Star.
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