Dennis Merritt Jones, Author - Keynote Speaker - Huffington Post Columnist

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A Mother's Day Musing
These are the Good Ol' Days

There is probably a lot more truth to Emerson's wisdom than what many men would admit. When he wrote "Men are what their mothers made them" I don't know if he meant it as a subtle double entendre or not; but it is. No doubt all men (and women) are "made" (physically created) by their mother. But we are each also shaped emotionally by our mother. Depending on one's history with his mother some men might say that's the good news; other's might say that's the other news.

Because Sunday is my first Mother's Day without my mom, I have been pondering Mr. Emerson's words-and, for me, I think it's the good news; perhaps more so than I ever realized when she was still alive. When it comes to relationships, it's interesting what "rearview mirror" thinking does for one's perspective of life. I like the part of "me" that was shaped by my mother's genes as well as her influence on my character. Even in those times when I wasn't doing a happy dance (which was often), in hindsight, I can see that I am a better man because of her...and I am growing more grateful for this awareness every day in her absence. So, wherever you are mom, Happy Mother's Day; thank you for the gift of my life.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there who made their sons better men, whether, as boys, they knew it at the time or not. And...if you are currently the mother of a young boy, know that who you are is being deeply embedded in his mind, heart and soul each day in ways he will not realize until he no longer has you to physically love. In other words, these are the good ol' days he will one day realize passed all too quickly. Make them count.

Peace, Dennis

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