Lance Scranton: Mother's Day thanks

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Mother’s Day will be celebrated this weekend, and I hope every mom will be honored and remembered for all that they do and how much they mean to all of us. I’m a dad, teacher and coach, so I see moms in action every day, and my own mom was no different. So, I just want to say thanks!

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Lance Scranton

Thanks for believing in us. My mom made me feel accepted early on in my life, so much so that when it came time for me to go to school, the teacher had to literally tear me away from my mother and bring me into the scary world of classrooms and strangers. As I would soon find out, not all of them were as nice as my mom or believed in me as much as she did.

Thanks for protecting us — most often from ourselves. In my sophomore year of college, I was biking home from my summer job and decided to hang on to the side of my buddy's truck. I was thrown from my bicycle, and when I awoke in the hospital emergency room, Mom was there, and the doctor told me I was fortunate to be alive (I wasn’t wearing a helmet). The road to recovery was long and jeopardized my education because if I couldn’t play football, I wouldn’t go back to school. Mom was patient, and I know it was tough for her to see me making such life-threatening choices, but she never said a word and just helped me get better.

Thanks for letting us find our way. We don’t always do what our moms want, but most mothers have a way of allowing us to explore and figure out what we want to do in life. When I gave up playing hockey to focus on football, my mom was a little perplexed but did her best to endure watching me play a game she didn’t fully understand. She knew it was what I had a passion for, because I spent most of my time eating and lifting weights. She just smiled, bought the groceries and told me to have fun.

Make sure you tell your mom how much she means to you this weekend, that you love her, appreciate her and what it means to have such an exclusive fan club that never stops believing, protecting and letting us find our way!

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