If they don’t know already, Shelley Ferguson of Lima, Carli Brown of Wapakoneta, Nicole Butler of Van Wert and Joanna Kaufman of Bluffton will soon find out.
Each became a new mom or a mom again last week.
That puts them in a special club. One with an honor of the highest order. One that comes with great responsibility. And one an entire nation will celebrate this Sunday on Mother’s Day.
Those who have been in this club for years will likely say their proudest moment as a mother has been raising their children. That’s something they never quit doing — no matter if they’re 60 years old or in their 40s.
A mom is always a mom.
Their children, likewise, will tell you they feel blessed. …
… Blessed to have a mother who has been a teacher, disciplinarian and friend rolled into one.
… Blessed to have someone who understands them: When their heart breaks, so does hers. When they’re successful, hers is the biggest smile.
… Blessed to have a mom who set the boundaries that made them a better person.
… Blessed for providing the emotional backbone of a family.
… Blessed to have someone who knows what they’re thinking, even though they’re putting on their best disguise.
Those gifts that a mom gives will always be part of her children.
That’s hitting home to the families of Betty Cannon, Barbara Welch, Vicki Fowler and others who lost their mothers last week.
The seven children of Betty Cannon will likely see their mother’s smile every time they see a flower garden.
Barbara Welch taught her family to love music.
Vickie Fowler shared the gift of love with her children as well as the children at Marimor School, where she proudly served as principal for many years.
Yes, motherhood is a special club.
A mom is more than someone who made you wear clean underwear and socks as a child, or gave you a hard pinch if you started nodding off in church.
She is the one that sets the rules — no ifs, ands or buts. When it seemed like she was nagging, it was because she genuinely cared. Think where you would be without your mother’s rules. It’s a scary thought.
So thank you, thank you and thank y0u again moms. We cannot say that enough. Your club is like no other.
To all of you moms this Sunday, Happy Mother’s Day.
ROSES AND THORNS: An estate planner has been found for the rose garden.
Rose: To Keith Bolyard, of Columbus Grove, who had his idea featured in the nationally syndicated comic strip “Pluggers.” Bolyard noted that a Plugger’s idea of estate planning is deciding where and what to put in his vegetable garden.
Rose: To Anna Shulaw, of Ada, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on May 16.
Rose: To Shirley and Glen Hayden, and Susan and Bud Amrine, of Lima. They both will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday.
Rose: To Nelson Barnes, 97, of Lakeview, the oldest living former newspaper carrier of The Lima News. He got his route in 1931 at the age of 7 and shared with us a billing statement from that time period. “The lake was just getting starting to be a vacation spot, and a man who had a grocery and seven cottages to rent asked my dad if I would leave a paper at their doorsteps. My dad said as long as he doesn’t have to make change.”
Rose: After reading last week that Steve Metzger was looking for an old Lima News paper bag, Phyllis Cook called to say she had one in her shed, “although it may be a little ratty.”
Rose: Residents contributed $1.4 million to the United Way of Greater Lima, on par with previous years, despite the fund-raising challenges of a COVID year.
Rose: To Brent Fackler, who is retiring from coaching football after 36 years on the sidelines for Kenton High School, the last seven years as head coach.
Thorn: Despite an outcry from the Elida High School sports community regarding the non-renewal of the coaching contract of longtime basketball coach Denny Thompson, school board members Jason Bowers, Jeff Christoff, Pat Schymanski, Brenda Stocker and Barry Barnt have offered no specifics regarding their decision. Thompson coached 37 years in the Elida system.
PARTING SHOT: “I used to be cool.” — bumper sticker on a minivan.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.