Sunday, May 9, is the day we honor all mothers near, far and deceased. A woman named Anna Jarvis campaigned for a day to honor mothers living and deceased in 1905. She succeeded and on May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed it into law, making the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day.
I remember my mother, who I had only a short time, and her name was Teresa Bedell. She passed away in 1963 when I was 14 years old and living in Queens Village. My mother was dedicated to me and the entire family and was active in Grace Lutheran Church and in the community, raising funds for the sick and those in need.
I was a sickly child who had asthma and other health issues as well as educational issues. I also had a speech impediment and as such had gotten help in those areas. All this help I received was because my mother loved me and wanted me to succeed. For that I will be eternally grateful.
So to all mothers let me say, “America thanks all mothers for all you have done.” Now have a Happy Mother’s Day for a job well done!
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.