As I go about my life, as a husband, father, and corporate attorney, I credit much of my success to my mother. During my childhood, she led our family, along with my father, with an awe-inspiring work ethic. She was always busy with something – at work or at home to ensure that my sister and I had the best possible platform to tackle life from. I vividly remember her getting up at least a couple hours before my sister and I to get herself ready and fix a warm breakfast, and on the same day, work for hours after our evening meal to clean up the kitchen and get ready for the next day. Oh by the way, she was working full time as well. She never, ever seemed to sit down. I appreciate that ever so much more now that I have my own children and understand how difficult it can be sometimes to relinquish my agenda for theirs.
In addition to working hard, my mother always seemed to find a way to be around my sister and me. She assisted the administration and teachers at our local elementary school, drove our school bus for a few years, and was very involved at our church. My mom dedicated herself to being in the lives of her children at every turn. She was always present. This created a base level of security and self-esteem that has served me well.
Moreover, I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt, that my mom loved me. It was never up for debate. She told me often, but her actions often spoke louder than the actual words. She celebrated my successes with reckless abandon, and graciously walked through my shortcomings with me. There was never a time in my childhood where I felt alone or de-valued, and for that I am profoundly grateful.
I see the influence of my mother in my life – as I strive to meet the needs of my family and clients. I can’t help but reflect today on how blessed I am, my family was, and, just as importantly, the Forrests here in Durham are today, with my wife leading our family in much the same way. I hope that our children go to bed at night feeling the same way that I always did growing up – safe, cared-for, known and loved. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.