As Long as She is Able

I got an email from Mom one day last summer, and in it she mentioned she had been working ten hour days, and had several more to go before she’d get a break. She works two jobs, and if I recall correctly, the number of ten hour days she worked without a day off during that stretch of time was fourteen.

My point is, I marvel at Mom’s work ethic. I am in awe of this! I won’t say how old Mom is, but I’m sixty-one, so do the math. (She did have me quite young, but still!)

When I think about Mom’s work ethic, the impressiveness of what she is doing is magnified when you consider she doesn’t have to do it. She could just as easily kick back and take it easy; she doesn’t need the money, and her employers would probably survive without her, but here’s why she continues to work, and work hard and long hours: She doesn’t know how not to.

Like so many American’s she believes a person should earn their own way. To her, there’s no such thing as retirement; as long as she is able, she will continue to work.

In case you can’t tell, I am very proud of my mom!

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Since my sister, Patsy, is with Mom this morning, I’d like to say happy Mother’s Day to her, too. Patsy is just like Mom in many ways, including the work ethic department. She’s one of the hardest working moms I know! Happy Mother’s Day, little sister!


  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    wonderful tribute, Charlie!

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