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Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday (although it could be argued that every day is Mother’s Day.) At every conference where our mom has joined us, we always introduce her as the mother of Today’s Caregiver magazine and Truth be told, this is more than just a little accurate.

It was by watching her dedication to our dad and grandparents that allowed me to see what challenges caregivers face on a daily basis. It was into her back bedroom that I trudged with the first pieces of computer equipment we used to start the magazine way back in 1994. It was her honesty and commitment which allowed her to write an ongoing column called “Phoenix Rising” about her life after caregiving including dating again, identity theft and job hunting as a senior citizen. (Don’t tell her I called her that.)

As I write this, I know that we all have stories to tell about out moms— good, not-so-very-good and frustrating. Take the time to tell them how you feel on Sunday, either in person, on the phone or in silent prayer. Forgive the forgivable transgressions which are somewhat unavoidable when raising children and thank them for the role they played in your becoming who you have become. Even if they cannot understand the words you say, the emotions will come through loud and clear. In fact, since the ratio between male to female caregivers is nearly 45/55, the stereotypical role of Mom as caregiver may be changing before our eyes. But that is a story best saved for Father’s Day.


Gary Barg

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