Husband praises his hero - his wife
BY Ask Amy
Friday, May 11, 2012
5/11/12 at 5:17 AM
Dear Amy: I'm not the best writer, but I want to tell you about my wife.
She is a person who is always helping kids. She is a teacher's aide. As a family, we have taken in children who needed homes for the past 17 years.
She helps pregnant, unwed moms by supporting and collecting stuff for them to use for their babies, such as car seats and baby equipment and formula.
She has been an asset to the people in our community for as long as I've known her.
The friends she went to high school with are still her friends today. They are all women who have always done the right thing by helping others - sometimes even before helping themselves.
My wife reminds me of my mom, who raised eight kids and also did everything she could to help other children too.
I just want to say thank you to the women of this world. This world isn't exactly perfect, but they make it a better place to live in. - Grateful Husband
Dear Grateful: You perfectly describe your feelings about and gratitude for the women you have been lucky to have in your life.
As we anticipate Mother's Day, this is a good time to appreciate and thank some of these selfless and unsung heroes. My experience as a mother makes me admire my own mother all the more. When Mother's Day rolls around, I miss her very much.
Dear Amy: I love my mother to death, but she is driving me nuts with her constant calling, text messaging and emails.
She is retired (in her 60s) and extremely bored. She sits online all day and sends me about 10 emails a day with ideas for my career, endless news articles and forwards.
When I talk to her on the phone, she repeats exactly what she said in her many emails. If I tell her I have to get off the phone because I am driving or busy, she gets extremely offended and says no one cares about her.
The guilt trips are killing me, and her victim mentality is driving me insane.
Is there anything I should do for her? - Frustrated
Dear Frustrated: Your mother's energy is misdirected. If she wanted to, she could become a blogger, make new friends - online or off - and be useful and active in her community.
She sends you lots of ideas for how to run your life; perhaps you could reply with Internet links to groups or activities you think she would enjoy.
Treat her with compassion and take (or make) these calls only when you have the time and patience to listen. Encourage her to do things differently. But accept the fact that she may not.
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