Members of Local 4 family salute their moms on Mother's Day

Published On: May 10 2013 02:53:23 PM EDT
Updated On: May 12 2013 04:16:47 AM EDT
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Members of the Local 4 family salute their mom's in celebration of Mother's Day.

Guy Gordon

My mother has so many fine virtues, but the one I'll forever be thankful to her for is her un-ceasing curiosity.  She was forever finding fun new things to do and read when I was a child.  She nurtured that same sense of insatiable curiosity in me--a vital ingredient in any reporter.

She also had a limitless capacity for spending time with me:  lunches in the park, trips to the library and museum, and an ability to make the most commonplace moments fun and funny.   I'm so lucky to still have her in my life.  She's a wonderful friend to my wife and a silly Grammy to my children.  Bless you, Mom.

Karen Drew

Oh, I could go on and on on why my mom is so special to me.  She truly showed and continues to show me love, support, guidance, and encouragement.   I got my self confidence from my mother who made me believe I could do ANYTHING I set my mind to accomplish.   I always knew she was my safety net and always knew her love would protect me.   On top of that I have had so many FUN times with my mom … from shopping trips, to visits to the theatre, to traveling, to late night talks she has always been my rock.  

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Ashlee Baracy

When I think of my mother I think of love in its truest form. My parents’ marriage exemplifies the type of love I hope to find and my mothers’ love for me is greater than words can describe. I can only hope to be half the woman she is someday. My mom’s heart is incredibly big and she wears it on her sleeve; befriending everyone she meets. She is my inspiration, role model and best friend. To be honest, I envy her patience and I know I don’t tell her nearly enough how wonderful she is. Her inner beauty radiates and although I may not always show it, I do not take our relationship for granted. She is the first person I want to share my successes with and the first person I turn to for a hug when I fall short. Through good times and bad, I wouldn’t trade her for the world. She gave me life and life’s greatest gift, love.

Andrew Humphrey

My mom is my inspiration and guiding light. She encouraged me to do what I love in life, which is why I become a meteorologist. I discovered my passion for weather and helping people with her full, infinite support. I love her more than words can describe. Happy Mothers' Day!

Paul Gross

My mother, Marion Gross, is someone who all of us...my siblings and friends...all looked up to.  Until around age 12, that is.  You see, my mom is 4'10", and she was the measuring stick for all of us!  Being taller than an adult is always a big deal for a kid, and Mom was always the first one.  She accepted the height jokes with her usual good cheer and effervescent smile; even the "shrimp" jokes!  Now that my two sons have grown taller than Grandma Marion, she's sitting back waiting to spoil some great-grandchildren...and watch them grow!  Happy Mother's Day to my favorite little shrimp.  I love you, Mom!

Mara MacDonald

Everyone falls in love with my mom from the guy behind the meat counter to any number of high powered executives. It's simple, she is everything that is gracious, kind and above all, fun. This is the woman who told me to "make no small plans" from a very young age. Who emphasized that anyone could be pretty but being smart was better by far. My earliest memories are of the two of us perched in an Eames chair, reading stories. It's why I'm a voracious reader today.  When I told my parents that I wanted a career in TV post college she looked at me and told me to go for it and to have no fear. "You get out of life what you're willing to settle for", she said. She's right. Today the two of us have a great time whether we're at the grocery store or off on a trip someplace fabulous. Although I do blame her for one thing: I was always spiffed up as a child, today that's translated to a love of shoes and handbags that may be a tad excessive. I tell myself it's ok, though, because we share.

Chauncy Glover

I'm 27 years old and I'm not ashamed to admit, my mom is one of my best friends! We talk at least four times a day--everyday.This woman! She still sends me care packages with all my favorite things in them. She makes the best sweet potato pie in the world! And she is as sweet as the pie! This woman!! She's my number one fan!! She watches ALL of my news reports. She tells me when she doesn't like my tie! This woman! She prays for me everyday. I can't remember a day going by without hearing her say,"I love you Chauncy." When my brother died--she held me and I held her. Just last month, we wiped each others tears away! She's soooo kind and thoughtful. She's stern and strict, yet so gentle. My dad calls her quiet strength a blessing to the family. This woman!! She makes me think! She keeps me laughing. Unlike ex- girlfriend's, this woman gets me! And loves me no matter what!! This woman! This woman! My dear mother Sherry!!Ji

Jamie Edmonds

My mom, Harriet, is one of the sweetest people I know. She would do anything for anyone and she’s done so much for me. She was the mom in the classroom with treats for my birthdays, or the parent chaperone for class field trips. She was the mom who went shopping with me for dresses for high school dances and was always there for me to talk when I needed to. 

Now that I’m grown up and living away from home, she’s still there for me for whatever I need and we talk almost every day. I want to thank my mom for everything she’s done and tell her how much I appreciate it. Love you, mom!

Lauren Podell

My mother, Sue Podell, has always been my best friend. As an only child, she was (and still is) that "girlfriend" I confide in, shop with and of course learn from. My mom is the rock of our family - holds everything together, always balancing what life throws at her with ease. That strength is something I've always admired and strive to do in my life.

She's taught me everything: how to have a thick skin, how to pick out the perfect gift for someone, what it takes to be a good wife and that you always know a good restaurant by their salad :)

My favorite memories with my mom are from when we planned my wedding. Those are moments I will never forget. She is the reason, I hope one day, to have a daughter of my own so I can have the same bond and special friendship that I cherish so much with my mom.

Rod Meloni

Anne Meloni was the modern woman long before it was fashionable. She has always been strong willed, independent, tough, hardworking, dedicated to her family and above all a loving Christian woman. You could also call her the original "church lady" but in the best meaning of the term not the Dana Carvey caricature. She raised four children while running our church religious education program and worked equally hard at both.

She later went on to become the department head of the religious education department at Bishop Feehan High School in Attleboro, Massachusetts. She is retired now and enjoying the rest she worked so hard to earn. Yet even in her late 70’s she still teaches a class every now and then.

Yet for all that she did, all of the programs she wrote and executed flawlessly, I best remember her as a loving, caring, demanding, no-nonsense mom. You sat up straight, you didn’t talk back, you treated everyone else around you with respect, you worked hard at everything you did, demanded the best of yourself, worked hard in school and made certain you did nothing to stain the family name.

She was always watching and always one step ahead of us. She made certain we had fun things to do. She was an All-State softball player in high school, my dad was an artist. So, it was my mother who taught me how to throw a baseball, hit a baseball and made certain I was a good sport. It was my mother who guided me through Cub Scouts [she was the leader], through Boy Scouts and fed me and cared for me while I grumpily worked the overnight shift at a Providence, Rhode Island radio station paying my way through college and living in her basement. That required patience and a deep understanding of how badly her son wanted to succeed in his career.

And for all of that first rate parenting, she was a better grandmother to my children. She and my father would visit us wherever we lived, in Florida, in Saginaw, Michigan in Detroit. They lived in Massachusetts but always found a way to come see us several times a year and they spent hours and hours with my children helping them learn the same lessons they taught me. My mom is a widow now, and yet she is always happy.

We speak on the phone all the time and get together whenever possible [though it’s been less lately]. Still, I can honestly say I would not be where or what I am as a person without her guidance. Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

Will Jones

I know there is a God because he chose the perfect woman to be in charge of guiding me into the man I am at this moment and the man I will be in the future. I must admit it is hard to put in words how much my mom, Marlinda, means to me. Words cannot properly describe the impact she has had in my life. It is immeasurable. One of the greatest gifts my mom gave me is empathy and that has helped me tremendously as a journalist covering disadvantaged communities and people who are experiencing intense emotional pain. There's not a day that goes by that I don't talk to my mom. I don't want to take our time on this earth together for granted. I love you, Mom! Happy Mother's Day.

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