Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 11, 2013

JOE ELERSON: I’m still amazed at the superhuman feats of mothers

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — This Sunday marks another day where we give special attention to the mothers in our lives for all they have done to make us the men and women that we are today.

Yes, it is not too late if you forgot that Mother’s Day is right around the corner.

If you are planning on getting her roses, you are probably too late for that one. And if your mother says she doesn’t want anything, you should probably get her something anyway.

This is one holiday that, I will be honest, I am not very good at in terms of honoring my parents for everything they have done for me.

According to Wikipedia, the modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia. She then began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States.

Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world.

I think Rudyard Kipling said it best when he said, “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”

I know for a fact that God knew what he was doing when he made my mother because she has all the qualities that a Godly mother should have.

I must admit that my mother — who has put up with a lot from me in the 30 years I have been alive — is one of the best mothers I could every have in my life.

When I was a little kid and trying to play sports — which I was not very good at but tried my hardest — she would always be in the stands cheering me on to do my best.

When I was an actor in grade school and in community theatre she would be in the audience supporting me during my performances.

You always hear people say they are a momma’s boy and I can definitely relate to that phrase.

I would do anything for my mother because she has done so much for me to make me into the man I am today.

During my difficult stretch in life, my mother was the rock that kept me going to improve and learn from the mistakes I had made in my life.

She also is a very funny lady and I always remember my friends talking about how funny she was in school.

I also remember all of my friends being jealous of me because of how cool my mother is and wishing their moms were like my mother.

I can also say that my sister is an amazing mother to her two kids and she learned a lot from how my mother treated us during our childhood.

She supported us in all of the different areas that we work hard at during our childhood so that we could make her proud to be her children.

Also, it amazes me at times when mothers in general can handle so many different tasks that they are faced with during a day.

If it comes to dealing with getting kids ready for school, getting themselves ready for work, spending time working a full- time job and still finding time to relax at the end of a day, they are like the Energizer bunny.

I will never figure out how they can have the stamina to do that every day. I guess God made a special way for women to find the energy even when they say they can’t handle a certain task.

But one thing I do know is our mothers are very special women and this Sunday is a day for them to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

To all of the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day and may you be treated with the respect you deserve on this special day.

Joe Elerson is a staff writer for the Athens Daily Review. He can be reached at