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thanks, Mom

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - May 11, 2008 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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!


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, What a wonderful tribute. Your parents sound fantastic. You give me hope, I am working at teaching myself Spanish. I sometimes worry I am too old to learn a language. Your mom is an inspiration. Did she use any particular program?

  2. http:// says:

    Good question–I’ll ask! I want to learn French this summer before taking my family to Europe, and I’ve heard is the way to go.

  3. Your mother sounds as interesting as you are. I would love to hear her talks or writings on not being dependent on mainstream medicine. Would she happen to have a blog of her own?


  4. Anonymous says:

    Loved to hear about your mom and dad- how wonderful. Where are they teaching? Neat to be in Italy.

  5. http:// says:

    On a military base (my dad is a retired officer) near Venice. I don’t think my mom reads this blog, but in case you do, Mom, what base?

  6. http:// says:

    Jill, thanks! I will encourage my mom to blog here, which would be a treat. She’s pretty caught up in what she’s doing in Italy, but maybe if we’re lucky, she’ll “guest lecture” here. 🙂

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