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    Posted May 6, 2012 by
    Vero Beach, Florida
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    What makes your Mother's Day special?

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    My Mom was "I am Woman (Hear me Roar!)"


    I Remember 1973


    My earliest memories were the spring of 1973. My late mother was continually belting out Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman.” As a mid-western housewife, I think she felt liberated when she sang it. She identified with this song that became the anthem for so many women during this time. I remember asking my mother, “What does it mean to be called a Ms.?”


    Television was evolving to produce “School House Rocks” and “The 6 Million Dollar Man.” My brothers and I wanted to know why the news was on in the middle of the day. It was the first time in our nation’s history that daytime television was interrupted by national news, the Watergate Hearings.


    What I remember most about that year was my mother gathering my three brothers and I. She turned off the television and she explained that our world was changing rapidly. She wanted us to know that, “People will never trust each other the same way again.” It was at this moment that my mother turned to me and said, “The roles of women in our society are changing. My prayer for you is that you will have opportunities that I never did.” I have never forgotten that. Even though my mother has been gone for many years, I still remember that moment.

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