I wanted to share a few thoughts on this very special day. Each of you in the WMI family has by now heard of the love and respect I have for my Grandfather Spencer. He was one of a kind and the one that I will always strive to emulate. He was the only other guy I know of that could walk on water in my eyes. His integrity and love was something I hope each of you have had the opportunity to be exposed to sometime in your life.
I vividly remember his words of wisdom for the newlyweds on the day I got married. Yeah, he gave me the expected advice about working hard, saving money and not to throw anything away I might use later. Sure, he impressed upon me how important it was to provide for the family I was starting. But most importantly he told me to love and cherish my wife because women and mothers are the most amazing blessing in our lives. I know that to be true from personal experience and I want to share with you how my life has been touched as a result.
My father’s Mother, Grandma Ethel, was in the kitchen one morning fixing breakfast for her three young sons Doug (my father) who was 4, Bob, 3, and Larry, 1 year of age. A loud bang went off in the bedroom and she walked in to find her husband dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Instead of being defeated by that experience, Grandma Ethel did what she had to do and did a damn good job of it, raising three amazing boys by herself. She went on to work as an operator with the old Manti Telephone system, in the pea canning factory and in the parachute factory during World War II. She raised these three boys single-handedly and did it all on her own, without asking anyone else or the government to take care of her.
My own Mother Sibyl was always there to love us and make us feel so special. When we were sick she always knew just what to do to comfort us no matter what time of the day or night. Being my Grandfather Spencer’s daughter, all of the great attributes that Grandpa had were also instilled in her and passed on to us through her love each day. Mom, thanks for all you have done for my family. My kids and grandkids adore you and we all love you very much.
My special hope today is that each of you have fond memories of a wife, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt or Mother-in-law who made a loving imprint in your life as mine did. Moms have the most difficult job on the planet, day in and day out... no question about that. To ALL of the Moms out there, please know that each of you makes the world a better and more fulfilling place for all of us. Thanks for all you do every day. It does not go unnoticed.
With love and respect this Mother's day,