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Before I begin my day and before my first cup of coffee, I would just like to say a few words about my deep abiding respect for motherhood as well as womanhood. In particular, I would like to say a few words for all the mothers in the world. 

 I have often said, and I will say it again, if you want to know the true heartbeat of a home, take the time to get to know the mother or the matriarchal figure of that home and of the family. As a man, I boldly testify that it is the mother, not the father, which is the true heartbeat of any home. It is the mother that sets the tone, if you will, for the home in the end and no matter her faults.

I know of a surety, that after my mother passed in 1994, the entire atmosphere of our family changed. Things definitely were not the same as they once were. In fact, things seemed a bit out of sorts. 

That same welcoming, loving spirit in the home that once resided there, seemed too have disappeared. The mortar that binder us, was gone! There was just something special about my mom, that her very presence in the home, made it seem like a little bit of heaven on earth to me. Even after many mistakes. I am quite sure that there are many who feel the same way about their mother. Thank God and the Universe for mothers!

To the young people of the world may I offer these wise words, at least to me, LOVE YOUR MOTHER! Honor her, Respect her, and Obey her. She is a mortal just as you, and she is prone to make mistakes, just like you, but still, she is deserving of your love, your honor, and your respect. She is never to be used as the subject of jokes or derogatory comments.

In my almost 47 years of life, I have never found one mother who was deserving of being the subject of anyone’s, especially her own children’s, cruel, demeaning, and degrading jokes and comments. What I have found is that they are all deserving of LOVE, HONOR, and RESPECT. Young people, if you have friends that come to your home that refuse to respect your mother, then perhaps it is time for you to grow up, and wise up, and choose better friends. Friends come, and friends go but your mother will stick by you until death.

I say to all of you husbands and fathers, LOVE YOUR WIFE!! The greatest example of love that you can show your children is to show them that you love their mother. You honor your wife and your children will do the same.

I can attest to the fact that it is often the women who have to keep the men in line and on track for the most part.  More times than not, in an hour of need, it is the women who are the first on the scene to handle the situation. In some respects, whether the macho men of the world want to admit it or not, if it were not for the women of the world, this world might well be in worse shape than it is in at this moment.

My wife, Gwen, has all of my love and my respect for what she brings to my life and to the life of our children and grandchildren. She is indeed our rock and my compass to guide me through the years together. She is the epitome of the perfect wife and of motherhood!

Men are often “thinkers” and procrastinators, women see that there is something to be done and they get it done. Oftentimes, while men are strategizing, women have already found a resolution to the issue. I say again, thank God for mothers! Although, most do have issue with reading instructions. LOL!

I wish each of you as well as the fathers that are mothers to, a very happy and blessed Mothers Day Weekend! May God bless and keep each of you as well as to continue to give you the strength to continue to do what you do!