Dedicated Moms Deserve Praise

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Dedicated Moms Deserve Praise


Byline: Larry Schreiner

Quite often in this column and on the radio I talk about women who are a disgrace to the institution of motherhood. With Sunday being Mother's Day, I thought it only right and proper to talk about some of the women I have had the privilege to know who make me feel good.

These women are some of the best of the best and deserve their small share of fame for the great job they have done. Some of the names will be changed to protect my body. It seems that when the Messenger, that's me folks, talks about certain facts, I am blamed, not the responsible party. But I have big, broad shoulders and a thick head, so throw your best shot if you wish. Now for the good stuff.

Cathy was a very successful businesswoman when she had her first child at the age of 39. Fred, her husband, a Chicago fire chief, was 61 years old. Fred was also the father of 10 other children from a previous marriage. Cathy worked for a few months and then decided to stay at home with the baby. It was her choice, and Fred was extremely supportive.

Patti, another very successful businesswoman, also had her first child at the age of 39. You will see why I mention the age when I get to the "wannabes," so hang in there. Patti's choice was to continue her work at which she does a super-dooper job. She believes in quality time, and most of our conversation is about her son, Jake.

Sharon has three children and is still a working mom. I have written about her before. She will admit that I am the worst patient she has ever had. Sharon was my physical therapist for one year, and she has continued to help me get through some tough times.

Two of the most compassionate women/mothers I have ever met are Lake County Coroner Barbara Richardson and Kane County Coroner Mary Lou Kearns. They conduct their professional business as though they are the mothers to all of the victims' families, and they are a credit to their profession. I have seem them in action far too many times, and I am honored to call them friends, although we are allowed to disagree professionally.

There are some very, very special women who go far beyond the call of duty. These are women who adopt children. …

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