Well she of course was right about this and everything else she used to say including what a good son I was.
I’ve devoted this space to Mom before and between us friends when I need a good cry I go back and read it. It may sound arrogant to tell you I bring myself to tears once a year but really it’s more sincere than false, and I love it every time.
But that was then and this is now. I want to tell you about my good wife and the Mother she has turned out to be. You can tell by the photo above that at 23 she was (and is) a stunner. A head turning beauty with more charm than sense. When her Dad, the Rev. Dr. Claiborne Bell, ushered me into his office to ask for her hand, he was as kind as he was concerned. For that I am forever grateful.
A Catholic boy with questionable prospects was going to take his light away…he was a learned man but more than that he was a man of faith…faith in young people and real or imagined, faith in me.
A few years later we had welcomed two boys into our world and family and ever since Audrey has been devoted to them in every beautiful sense of the word. As little boys I was a Friday- Sunday Dad. Off to here or there to make a living and a career…calling home at bath time from a 5-star resort in Scottsdale, Sea Island, or Hawaii…it’s what we did.
She on the other hand gave up her life for them. She was there for the first smile, walk, words, and post-diaper moment. Audrey left CNN on all day just to hear adults’ voices…tough stuff at times for someone with a wonderful way with people and a very good education…but it’s what we did.
What was the return?
Two exceptionally grounded kids with many accomplishments behind them and countless ones ahead. Every hour you spent at home will continue to pay dividends.
I want to say publically honey that it was you and all you…and it was worth it.
Happy Mother’s Day, you’re The Best In Golf.