The school year is winding down and vacation plans are beginning to take shape as families are starting to transition into summer mode. The days are getting longer, the warm weather appears to have arrived and many people are looking to get a start on their annual Pure Michigan summer activities.
I’d like to remind people to stop for a moment and remember that May is also when we celebrate Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is a special time of year. It serves as a reminder of just how important mothers are and how much they improve our lives.
A mother plays many crucial roles throughout each and every day. Our moms serve as teachers, nurses, accountants, cooks and chauffeurs, just to name a few. Being a mother is arguably one of the most difficult and thankless jobs, and though their efforts should be recognized daily, Mother’s Day serves as a time to really appreciate what our moms mean to us and how special they truly are.
When I was growing up, my mother served as a teacher in Kingsley Public Schools. My brother and I were quite fortunate to have her in our lives, and her kindness, respect for others, professionalism and positive outlook greatly influenced the course I chose in life. I owe a great deal of thanks to my mother for teaching me these critical, lifelong skills and shaping me into who I am today.
Because of the hard work, sacrifice and commitment of mothers across our state and country, the world is indeed a better place. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to remind your mom what she means to you.
For those who are fortunate enough to still have loving mothers in your lives, it is my hope that on Sunday you would take the time to visit them. For those who are separated geographically, consider a phone call, or sending a card — any effort will surely be appreciated.
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, represents the 37th state Senate District, which includes Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Luce and Mackinac counties.
Editor’s note: Video of Schmidt discussing the importance of Mother’s Day is available here, or on his website under the “Media Center” tab.