Tying my shoes, toasting bread, telling the truth are all lessons my mother taught me, but the lessons that I cherish most about my mother were not taught, they were caught. Early I learned that a mother’s love, her lessons and her character are caught not taught. My mother never once sat down and said to me watch how I cook for your father everyday, “this is how a wife cares for her husband”. Never once did she mention as she went to care for the elderly on a midnight shift ever say, “this is how you sacrifice for your family”. As she drug herself home after that late night shift and assisted all 4 of her boys in the morning preparation for school, did she ever say, “work until the job is finished”. These were lessons that were caught. These are the lessons that inspire young boy and girls to aspire to find and possess the qualities of their mother. When I cook, I cook with passion. When I work, I work with zeal and character. When I love, I love with ferocity. I caught these from my mother because her words could not teach them. Thank you Etta Butler. I love you more than words can ever express. My prayer is that others will catch this love from me as I caught it from you. Happy Mother’s Day Etta Butler. I love you!
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