I would just like to take a minute at the end of this Mother’s Day to honor my own mother who is halfway across the world in Milan, Italy, serving and teaching people there, with my dad. My mom and dad are the epitome of health and work long days doing meaningful things they love, not slowing down a bit just because they’ve retired. My mom is always learning and growing. Last year, she digested 17 books on the pharmaceutical industry and the way it has controlled and harmed the public’s health. Then she went on radio shows and presented to community groups to teach people to put their faith somewhere else besides mainstream medicine. She is an incredible reader, teacher, and presenter. I wish you could hear her speak: before she left for Italy, she studied Italian on her own so intensively that she gave part of her farewell speech in Italian!
My dad can (and has!) beat me running races, despite the fact that he is 64 years old. He owes my mom a big thank you for helping him be so healthy, feeding him a plant-based diet for the 43 years they’ve been married. He has plenty of risk factors, including having worked as a young adult spraying Malathion in his grandfather’s cherry orchards, not even wearing a face mask. But he is crazy healthy, and his love of running and his good diet must be the reasons!
I want to be like them when I grow up, I want to make them proud, and I want to raise my children to be worthy of the great legacy they’ve given us. Thanks for setting a great example to me, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day!