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    Posted May 5, 2012 by
    Oklahoma, Oklahoma
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    What makes your Mother's Day special?

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    Mothers Day Graduation

    My ninety year old mom always said, "Sandra, I want to make it to Alex and Michael's graduation. I want to see them get their diploma from college."

    Her wish will come true this Mother's Day because she will see Alex graduate with a double major in Economics and Business from the University of Oklahoma. My dad graduated from OU Law School so we were excited to see him carry on the tradition.

    It will be a two day celebration with the first day listening to Brown University President Ruth Simmons deliver the Commencement Speech. She made history as the first African American Woman to head an Ivy League Institution.
    She was the great great granddaughter of slaves who grew up on a farm in Texas. My ninety year old mom also grew up on a farm in Oklahoma. She picked cotton, gathered eggs and milked the cow for chores. I am thinking Ms Simmons will mention the value of hard work in her commencement speech. My mom survived the great depression, the dust bowl days, and WWII. She learned the value of hard work living on a farm and surviving difficult times. She depended on her faith in God and knew He was always there for peace and help.

    I think my mom's advice to Alex will be live life to the fullest at any age. After my dad passed in 2002 she got reaquainted with her high school classmate. They both went to Putman City High School and were baptised in the same river. He drives up to see her from San Antonio. He was a bomber pilot in WWII so they have been to many reunions of veterans. Her favorite trip was to San Diego and his grandson showed them around. My mom looks forward to letters Jack sends after they have a visit.

    My mom still attends the University Methodist Church and looks forward to visiting others homes for their monthly circle. She is having the group this May for lunch and reading God's Word. I think my moms advice to Alex would be Keep the Faith.

    We will be so proud of Alex on May 12th when he receives his diploma from the Michael F Price School of Business. Mothers Day will be extra special because we will be together as a family to celebrate this wonderful occassion. I am hoping next year my mom will celebrate Michael's graduation too.

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