TimBookTu Editor's Message

To Mom for Mother's Day

For Mother's Day 2015, I am very blessed to still have my mother, Wardell Marie Woods Vaughan, around to love and cherish for all that she has done for me. When I look at the state of the world today, I thank God that He gave me a mother that provided all the love, guidance, encouragement, chastisement, humor and wisdom that I needed and still need to face any situation and challenge.

I was also blessed to have a strong father as a role modelin my life for 53 years. My dad is gone now but each day I appreciate even more his wisdom, his work ethic, his love of family and his love of travel that helped shape me into the man that I am today.

My parents were married for 55 years and they set the standard for loving parents. I continue to look to their example as the pattern in my own marriage of 31 years. There was never a day that I doubted whether my parents loved me and I consider them as my ultimate role models. Now that there's just my mom, I want this message to be a big thank you to her for all that she's done for me, my siblings and everyone she encounters.

My mother taught school for many years and even today she still provides a lesson in life. I consult her when I'm facing a quandary at work, in my marriage and with other situations. She always provides an answer that is based on her strong Christian faith. I know that her words will provide the right approach to the problem whether it was the answer I had expected or not. She does the same for so many other people and I know they appreciate her words of wisdom that she has gained from a life of serving the Lord and helping others.

If you encounter my mom nowadays, she will more than likely give you a great big hug as soon as she meets you. She'll immediately claim you as a son or daughter, no matter how long she's known you. She may bend your ear for a period longer than you anticipated but it's only because she genuinely cares about you and wants to share some words of encouragement, a humorous story or a bit of wisdom. Whenever my siblings and I are out in public with her, we can't leave a restaurant, store or other public place without her speaking to everyone she passes and complimenting them on their eyes, their smile, their walk or other standout features. This often brings a smile to the face of that person and I'm sure they won't easily forget her.

My siblings and I will just wait patiently while she does her thing charming others. The type of attention, affection and appreciation that she shares with everyone is greatly needed in today's world that has gotten too busy to show each other love. I'm so thankful that God has given her 80-plus years to continue to love, teach and counsel those in her circle of family and friends. And to all the new people she meets.

So, Mom, for Mother's Day, I want to say I love you, I appreciate you and I thank you for your role in shaping me into a strong black man, a father and a husband. I hope that I can carry on your Christian legacy of helping others, providing wise counsel and sharing love. Happy Mother's Day to you and to all mothers.

© Copyright 2015.
Memphis Vaughan, Jr.
Editor and Publisher, TimBookTu

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