Greetings sports fans and welcome back for this special Mother’s Day Sunday edition of Vegas Valley Sports Beat, the mother of all sports columns. It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday morning here in the lovely Las Vegas Valley region and so far the wind is calm for a change. With any luck, you’ll be able to take Mom out to the park for a picnic lunch on the grass without it staring up again and blowing everything across the state line.
I want to wish my mom a special Mother’s Day blessing. She passed on New Year’s Eve from Covid but I know she’s still with us in spirit. I still feel her presence sometimes. There’s really not much to be said so I’ll keep this brief for a change. Just about everyone has lost a loved one over the course of the past 12 months so I hope I don’t have to explain just how precious the gift of life is. I would encourage everyone to remember that. You never know when it might be your last breath or that of someone who means a lot to you and it’s too late to say you’re sorry, to say I love you, or to show them that you actually care.
I know far too many people that have horror stories about their mothers. I know I’ve heard plenty of them. But there are other mothers in everyone’s life besides their own. Like your Grandmother or Great-Grandmother, or a single mother that’s struggling to raise their children alone just as my mom did. Kindness doesn’t cost anything and it’s limitless in its scope and power. A phone call and a few kind words don’t cost a single red cent. But it’s impossible to even guess how much of a positive impact it can have in the life of someone who is probably feeling overwhelmed. Especially these days.
You can sit back all day and luxuriate in the love and admiration of your own children and you deserve it no doubt. But, can you enjoy it if you know that someone who but for the grace of God very well might have been yourself at some time in the past or who could very well be you tomorrow, is hurting? They’re struggling to keep their head above water but they’re at the end of their rope and hanging on by a thread?
I couldn’t. My mother didn’t raise me that way, but that’s just me.
It only takes a minute out of your life to call and say I was just thinking about you and wanted to see how you’re doing. to say hello and see if there is anything you might need help with. Or whatever you might say in your own words.
That being said I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all you mothers a blessed day. I hope this special day is one of rest and refreshments for your soul. I hope your day is filled with friends, family, food, fun, laughter, faith, hope, charity, and love.
The greatest of these is love.