The topic for my blog today is a lot more personal than most others have been. This Sunday is Mothers Day and it will be my first Mothers Day without my mom Agnes Ulm, who passed away this past Christmas Eve. I wasn’t able to give mom a hug in her nursing home room last mothers day because of the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, but I could here her voice over the phone, and that’s something that won’t happen this year. As is so often the case, my mom played a great roll in making me the person I am today. She was understanding when understanding was needed, and was stern when that was what was required, in a much quieter way than my father. She entered the work force at the age of 39 to help provide for our family of 6 kids and impacted countless of young lives as a head start teacher during a career that was only ended when she suffered a serious stroke in 2,006. If you have the chance, give your mom a hug this Mothers Day, or in some other way let her know how special she really is. You never know how long you will have the opportunity to do so. That’s the way I see it.