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Mom’s Masterpiece – 163,658 Days (and counting)

Clare-Lind---DPLindBenchmarIt’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.
Author unknown (used in the TV sitcom The Golden Girls)

I think it is appropriate to take a break from the rigors of business activity and spend a few moments to celebrate a special person in my life – my mother, Clare Lind. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it seems only fitting to give a shout out to my Mom, who, along with Dad, raised nine children, spanning a combined 163,658 days of motherhood (and counting).*

As a son, it is much too easy to wait until Mother’s Day to celebrate how extraordinary Mom has been throughout my life. Mom has always put her children (and Dad!) before her own self-interests – regardless of how old we have become. I don’t ever recall Mom taking a ‘day off’ from her ‘duties’ (and worries) even though I’m sure there were times she may have wanted to abdicate her parental/maternal position. Who could blame her?

Clare-Lind-Recipe-Book-DPLBThis Easter, Mom presented a heartfelt gift to each of her children and grandchildren – a recipe book that includes all of her classic family recipes along with some of her favorite paintings sprinkled throughout. I cannot wait to become reacquainted with some of my favorite childhood dishes! 

Mom has many artistic talents that seem to come so naturally. Her ability to capture just the right light, shadow, texture and color in her artwork will be enjoyed for many years to come. A special thanks to my niece, Amanda, for working with Mom on making this book possible!

Metaphorically, Mom’s best ‘painting’ has not yet been completed – but it sure is a beauty! You see, I have ALWAYS believed that I was Mom’s favorite child – I just knew it. End of discussion, right? Yet, many years ago after leaving home and throughout my adult life, each sibling would eventually share with me that he/she felt certain they were Mom’s chosen one – not me! What an exceptional gift she continues to share with each of us!

Mom, you continue to create the most beautiful masterpiece a son/daughter could ever ask for. I am so very proud to be part of your canvas and greatly cherish your dedication to leaving a legacy for future generations to enjoy.  Thank you!

I love you, Mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

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*This count begins at each birthdate for all siblings to May 11, 2014 (Mother’s Day). Two deceased siblings are included in this number.


  1. Kathy Krogmeier says

    Awwwwwwww! What a great son you are, David! Nice tribute to your mom.

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