Mother's Day

 My wife and child  

My wife and child  

I don't believe in calling someone the best mother or father or child in the world. There's no way to accurately judge that. Besides, all that should matter is the love a family has for each other. I just want to be the best father I can be for my daughter. I know my wife is similar, and wants to be the best mother for our child. We make one heck of a team. She's the reason I can follow my dreams. She's the reason I am supremely happy. And, she even answers all my science based questions without batting an eye. There is something everyday that reminds me of how thankful I am to have her as a partner in marriage and in parenting. I celebrate her this and every Mother's Day.

 Mom and me

Mom and me

I would not be the person I am today without my mother.  I certainly would not be a writer. She pushed me to embrace edits and outlines more than some of the gifted teachers I was lucky to have. I will always appreciate the sacrifices she made on my behalf. And I forgive her for sending my hamster down the incinerator. I celebrate her today and every Mother's Day.

 R.I.P. Hamster  

R.I.P. Hamster  

I celebrate the vast array of mothers who have impacted my life. 

- the boarding school teacher and mother of four outstanding children, who still found time to be a mom away from home to hundreds of students of color over the years.

-my high school friend and mother of twin girls who displays incredible strength as she battles major health concerns. She still finds time to so often display her beautiful smile. 

-the mother of two who was a parent at my old school who tells us to "F-ck Cancer!" It will not sap her of her bravery.

-the Baltimore mother who became famous because she showed her son just how much she cares for him on videotape. 

-the mothers who established charities that focus on causes they became aware of as a mother. 

-the mother who talked about how she did not let her genital mutilation ruin her life and somehow uses that tragedy to inspire her parenting.  

There are such an amazing array of mothers worldwide who are doing right by their children. I think we can all be in agreement that one day is certainly not enough to celebrate their efforts.