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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

A mother’s love is still the greatest gift of all

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Mother’s Day was celebrated on Sunday, and what a great day it is every year. However, it should be Mother’s Day every day.

There is nothing like the love of a mother, and how often do we see it at the ballpark, football field, tennis court, golf course, basketball gym, etc.?

I’ve always loved the axiom “soccer mom.”

That’s what they are. They bring their kids, and other folks’ kids, to practice when their husbands are at work. They are always there at the games with a cooler of those juice boxes. Moms are a staple of a young boy or girl’s life.

If you’re a boy or a man, there is nothing like your mother. The unconditional love can’t be matched. You can do no wrong. They are your rock.

Whether you go 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, or if you botch a play that ultimately costs your team a game, mom is always there. You always “played great.”

On Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s Day – a day of remembering how much our mother means to us. It so resonates in sports. All you have to do is go to a youth sporting event and see what a mom is all about.

At the collegiate level, it remains the same way. I can’t count the endless mothers that I have seen attend their child’s MTSU football game. It’s uncanny how moms find a way to make it to road trips in Denton, Texas, Boca Raton, Fla., Jonesboro, Ark., Starkville, Miss., Lafayette, La, etc.

That’s what they do. That’s why there are – and always have been – there for us.

I choose today to thank my mother for all the baseball games she came to watch me play. She might not have fully understood the game, but to see your mother in the stands while you are playing warms the heart.

I felt so terribly as a child when somebody would drop off a young boy at the ball park and drive away. I always wondered what that young kid felt like when other mothers were in the stands and his was not.

On Mother’s Day, we always take a card to our mother, and that’s all it takes. You don’t need an elaborate gift because a simple card in our minds is a multitude of love for a mom.

With that in mind, I am sending a card of words to all the moms out there who support their kids in whatever endeavor they undertake. It might be sports, it might be a science fair, it might dance or a beauty pageant.

Let’s face it, moms get it. They always have and they always will.

I hope all you moms had a great day, but it truly should be Mother’s Day every day.

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