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Happy Mothers Day: Tell Us About Your Mom!

Your friendly editor is sharing a little bit about how his mother inspired him and we're asking you to do the same.

Today's the day we carve out in the greeting card culture to salute the Moms in the world. There should be more than one day for this kind of thing. If you'll pardon the indulgence, I'd like to brag a little bit about my Mom.

I'm pretty sure that being Mary Ann Palermo's son is one of the reasons I ended up in journalism. A Boston University grad school degree in the subject led to work in marketing in New York City at what was Time-Life back then. I can definitely see where the "not afraid to ask questions" nature of being a reporter came from her.

She's a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan--at least her love of baseball rubbed off on me, if not love for the Sox (I've been a Yankees fan before adopting the Cardinals about 20 years ago). Cardinals fans will recognize one of her favorite players, Johnny Pesky, the Boston shortstop who she is convinced has been wrongly saddled with blame for Enos Slaughter's ability to score the World Series winning run in 1946.

She and my father have been married for more than 50 years and raised six kids who all knew their parents would go to the mattresses for them if need be. You can't ask for a whole lot more than that.

It's a legacy I'm mindful of as she's about to become a grandmother again (No. 11) when we welcome our first child this summer.

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there.

Tell us what makes you thankful for your Mom!

Julie Lawther May 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Hi Gregg, We liked your piece on Mom! She's very proud of you and saved her journalist for last! Xoxo Julie
CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON May 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM
AS A CHILD, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED MY MOTHER. BUT, IN 1986, MY MOTHER BEGAN AN EXTRAMARITAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HER FATHER'S PASTOR. MY MATERNAL GRANDFATHER WAS A RESPECTED MEMBER OF HIS COMMUNITY; AND, HE HELD OFFICE IN THE CHRISTIAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH. WHEN THIS RELATIONSHIP BEGAN, THIS CLERGYMAN HAD NOT DIVORCED HIS WIFE. [But, he constantly talks about his love for his "god"]. AND, UP TO THIS DAY, MY MOTHER IS STILL MARRIED TO MY FATHER. IN MY FAMILY, TWO SISTERS MARRIED TWO HALF-BROTHERS. MY MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED MY HALF-UNCLE - ALTHOUGH HE WAS MORALLY "LACKING" AND MISTREATED THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER [MY "FULL" AUNT]. MY FATHER - ON THE OTHER HAND - IS RESPECTABLE AND TREATED THEIR YOUNGEST DAUGHTER [MY MOTHER] LIKE, A QUEEN. YET, MY MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS THOUGHT "LITTLE" OF MY FATHER. ON 26 DECEMBER 2012, MY MOTHER HAD A HEART-ATTACK. ON THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER 2013, SHE HAD ANOTHER HEALTH EPISODE. ALTHOUGH I TALK TO HER ON A REGULAR BASIS, I CAN NO LONGER FIND THE LOVE I FELT FOR HER, AS A LITTLE BOY. TODAY IS, "Mother's Day;" AS OF YET, I HAVE NOT TALKED TO HER - MAYBE, SOMETIME TONIGHT. IT IS DIFFICULT TO TALK TO SOMEONE WHO HAS GREATLY DISAPPOINTED YOU. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON
Kalen Ciszewski May 13, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Will you be raising your son to be a Red Sox fan or a Cardinals fan ;)
Gregg Palermo May 13, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Easiest question of the day! Cardinals, of course!

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