The Oklahoma chapter of American Mothers, Inc. recently announced its 2011 "Mother of the Year" and "Young Mother of the Year" (congratulations to those ladies!), but I want to say a special word to one of the finalists. She's a mother I happen to know very well but whose greatness is impossible to put into words. (Well, okay, not impossible.) During the most difficult time of your life you poured everything you had into one of our children, while somehow managing to do lesson plans and to continue teaching and mothering our other children. Words fail me. Only those who lived those 37 days with you could fully appreciate it.
Certainly in my book you're the mother of the year, but more importantly you're going to be a mother in the year. Here we go!