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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 13, 2018

Sitting on the couch tonight, I had my arms crossed over my head, thinking of what to say about Mother’s Day. My fingers on my right hand happened to be touching my pulse on my left hand and I could feel that tiny, steady, thump, thump, thump. And it occurred to me that that thump started with my mom giving birth to me all those years ago.

Fran & Mom

And I wonder where my kids get their inability to take a normal photo with me.

Along with that pulse, I was lucky to get love, encouragement, a wonderful family, a twisted sense of humor, and a serious appreciation for delicious food. They’ve all been essential in my life, but none more than encouragement.

My mom always encouraged me. Always told me I could do anything and be anything. The only person who doesn’t agree lives in my head. She’s been there forever. I’ve tried to evict her, but now I just let her say her peace, then tell her to shut up.

As Franklin Roosevelt (a man with a mother who encouraged him) so wisely stated, “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.”

So, I salute all you moms this Mother’s Day. If it wasn’t for your encouragement, sense of humor, and  love there wouldn’t be people out there daring to live life and make a difference in the world, with whatever gifts they have. God bless every one of you. Happy Mother’s Day!

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My poor mother. Here she is trying to give me a dollar so I can buy her a lottery ticket. But I had to get his shot first.



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    G.A. "Tony" Maupin
    May 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    I have used this acronym to describe certain ladies and their link to their mothers: D.R.U.M. (s) – “Daughters Raising Up Mother.” [My own sister helped to “raise” our mother in this way, so I am familiar with this kind of mother-daughter link]. Fran, however, has the capacity to detail, in writing, some of her “D.R.U.M.” efforts, that many like my sister do not have. A belated-Happy Mother’s Day to Fran T – who definitely knew how to handle her task as a DRUM!

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      Fran Tunno
      May 22, 2018 at 10:14 pm

      You know Tony, I have to say, I enjoyed every minute of it, even when I didn’t think I was enjoying it! I was lucky to have a really fun mom. Thanks for always reading and taking the time to write. And thanks for the Mother’s Day wishes!

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    May 15, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Happy Mother’s Day to someone who mothered one of mine. These stories are always heartwarming. Missing my mommy today and every single day. 💗

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      Fran Tunno
      May 17, 2018 at 12:14 am

      Honestly Theresa, what goes around comes around since you just mothered one of mine last week. I could not be more proud of our relationship. Every time I think of you, a smile comes to my face. Your sweet son, Brandon has always been a pleasure and a joy to mother and Milena said she totally enjoyed hanging out with you guys! Thank you so much for being a mom to her!

      I know, Mother’s Day will always be tough for us without our moms, but we’ve got the torch now. I guess we just have to run with it.

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    May 14, 2018 at 9:37 am

    You have been truly blessed, Fran–with two doting parents. and… what Nicol said. <3

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      Fran Tunno
      May 17, 2018 at 12:14 am

      You are adorable. Thank you Linda, come here anytime and I’ll mother you too!

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    Fran Tunno
    May 13, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Thank you Nicol. For you, any time, any day! You are one of my very favorite people on earth! Love you!

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    May 13, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Fran! And as someone who receives a lot of your love, and encouragement, and your great food, thank you for living on in your mom’s example!

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      Alexandra Tracy Chavarriaga
      June 3, 2018 at 7:19 pm

      What ?

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