I hope that each of you
who are as lucky as I am, to have the GREATEST Mom in the world,
took the time on Sunday to say so to your own...
Years ago, when it was painfully obvious that my passion for
model airplanes had turned into an even bigger passion for the real
thing (hence the reason for those mysterious buzz-jobs my
neighborhood experienced throughout my high school years), my Mom
was faced with a tricky problem. Flying scared the absolute hell
out of her.
Her Father, a Doctor, had taken the family to an airshow (while
she was much younger), in which a military parachutist perished in
an accident... and my Grandfather had the sad job of pronouncing
the poor fellow dead... a scene she witnessed. It was a tough
memory to get over and resulted in her life-long fear of
So, naturally, her first-born develops a massive addiction to
this flying bug... as God has a sense of humor about things like
that. Surprisingly, as much as it scared her, she didn't try
to quash my passion for flying. More amazing; in an effort to
finally break with her fear of this aviation thing, and in an
attempt to understand my interest, my Mom (still with a raging fear
of flying) took some flying lessons... just so that she could
better relate to that crazy son of hers.
If that's not a Mother's love... what is?
It's been quite a few years since then... and in that time,
she's managed to venture to airshows in which I was
performing, read way too many of my aviation articles and books,
and kept up with enough of the technology to understand what I was
babbling on about (over and over again). In a truly equal
partnership with my Pop, she raised seven kids, held elected
office, earned a degree, and gave my family an example of what a
Mom really should be... not to mention setting a
stirring example of what a truly amazing woman can do when she
sets herself to it. She is a brilliant woman, totally dedicated to
her family and her marriage, and possibly the most liberated woman
I have ever met. I'm damned proud to be her son...
So... to those of you, who like me, have good reason to
believe that their Moms are the best in the world, I toast your
good fortune and wish your Moms (especially mine) a very Happy
Mother's Day. -- J.R. Campbell, ANN E-I-C