By Ralphine Major

It is still one of the most celebrated holidays.  The day our nation has set aside to honor mothers is appropriate for the month of May when springtime is at her best.  The weather is warming, and flowers are blooming.  As in years before, this season is also seeing its share of natural disasters from the deadly Texas floods to the raging wildfires in neighboring Canada.  Even hearing about one catastrophe tends to make us cherish our days with loved ones just a little bit more.

It is the sacrifice and dedication of our mothers who have strengthened the fabric of this great land.  Mothers touch our lives in so many ways through the years, and no one can take their unique place in our lives.

These days, cell phones, e-mails, and text messages combine with traditional greeting cards and long-distance calls to give us more ways to keep in touch with those special mothers.  I hope Focus readers had a blessed Mother’s Day celebrating with those they love and remembering the loved ones who have passed on.  A favorite scripture in Proverbs 31:28 (KJV) helps us to honor our mothers:  “Her children arise up, and call her blessed.”

Piddle Diddle Update:  Thanks to the Red Hat ladies in Farragut for inviting me to share our story and our book recently.  It was such great fun!