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What is the most important thing your mother ever did for you?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on May 14, 2006

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“Sending me to an Islamic school, because I’m from Japan and I never would have been exposed to it otherwise.”

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“She made sure I knew the golden rule; do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

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“Gave birth to me. That’s the most important thing.”

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“I always remember her general kindness. She always greeted people with a big smile. She said that if you project that, it will come back to you all day long. So I made it a general practice.”

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iloveribs 7 years, 11 months ago

not send me to a islamic school!

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yourworstnightmare 7 years, 11 months ago

"Typical. Why in the world would anyone but a right wing nut want to politicize Mother's day? Why do you hate america?"

They hate America because America harbors those who don't think just as they do and are not christians. They will not stop hating America until everyone is a fundamentalist christian in lock step with their agenda.

They are the Kansas Taliban.

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yourworstnightmare 7 years, 11 months ago

"Where are all of the pro-abortionist now?"

Do you mean those who are in favor of abortion rights or those who support doctors who perform abortions? Or those who support those who support abortion rights? Or those who support the doctors who perforrm abortions? Please clarify.

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badger 7 years, 11 months ago

One day, about a year and a half or two years after her divorce (which had spun her into hellish depression), she walked into my room and said, "(Badger), I've come to the conclusion that you are responsible for your own happiness in this world. No one but you can make you happy. You just have to do the best you can."

I seriously took that to heart, owned up to my own responsibility for my own personal happiness, and have been a much better and happier person for that.

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BunE 7 years, 11 months ago

Typical. Why in the world would anyone but a right wing nut want to politicize Mother's day? Why do you hate america?

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tony88 7 years, 11 months ago

"pro-abortionist"? i didn't know there was such a thing. is that somebody that says they want abortions. i don't think that's anybody's platform really.
where are all you "anti-choicists". Oh that doesn't make sense either.

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macon47 7 years, 11 months ago

TEACHING ME RIGHT FROM WRONG To be a good person , a good citizen, and not do anything when she was not around that would make her unhappy. she just wanted to be proud of the kids she raised, pretty simple. not so easy today.

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offtotheright 7 years, 11 months ago

Where are all of the pro-abortionist now?

Speak up....

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jimincountry 7 years, 11 months ago

Oh, oh! Melancholia seems to have taken hold....but still not to old to remember sexy moms.

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jimincountry 7 years, 11 months ago

Mothers' Day! I'm just so happy that I remember how much she loved and sacrificed. I've been less curmudgeonly all day just thinking about moms. Thanks God for women who are good and loving and smart and wholesome and sexy too.

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adavid 7 years, 11 months ago

she let me listen to the music i wanted, which is why i am who i am

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 11 months ago

ms_canada,

It's a dead language, how many years in primer school?

St. Augustine was often frank and brutal, but insightful. He to strayed from the flock, but returned.

remember the last part of that quote: and yet with an immortal soul. . . . . It is better to think of church in the ale-house than to think of the ale-house in church.-Martin Luther

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Gootsie 7 years, 11 months ago

Being a lot of fun. Life is better with fun.

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bennyoates 7 years, 11 months ago

...But others may not be able to read Vonnegut in Kansas public schools, due to the shrieks of "anti-porn" and "family values" crusaders like Steve Abrams...

I tend to agree with hitme...God, who clearly is on the side of George W. Bush, wanted to give Republicans something to be happy about, and they never tire of focusing on the foibles of the Kennedys as a way to discredit all liberal Democrats.

You can be sure that there were a lot of happy GOP faces when it turned out that Teddy survived the lightning strike...without him and the Clintons, who would Republicans have to blame for all our problems??

Happy Mother's Day!!!

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one_more_bob 7 years, 11 months ago

I expect we'll see William Rubin, medical student, on the next episode of OTS.

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bennyoates 7 years, 11 months ago

OK, "Billy Pilgrim, business owner," a few of us out here have read Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five," you know.

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sunflower_sue 7 years, 11 months ago

My Mother taught me unconditional love and the courage to find strength where there is none.

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hitme 7 years, 11 months ago

Unconditional love.

I also think that lightening striking Ted Kennedy's plane was a warning from God.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 7 years, 11 months ago

Did not spare the rod. . . Thy rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Proverb 29:15

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ms_canada 7 years, 11 months ago

My mother was a very simple housewife and mother. She was a good cook and she set rules for my sister and me. We always had to help with the housework since mother had farm work to do also. It was a small farm which required Daddy to work as a carpenter off farm. I think the most important thing from Moma was honesty and devotion to family. Now then, my Daddy taught me carpentry and I thank him for that. I love working with wood and building things. He also taught devotion to family. One thing about my dad, we always knew that he loved us whatever happened. Moma also. I think that is the most important thing you can receive from your mom and dad, the certainty of their love for you.

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jonas 7 years, 11 months ago

Kept her patience. Believe me when I say that I stretched it. (I'm sure that comes as a surprise >B-)>

Of course, this question has only one real answer, so the "besides that. . . ." is somewhat implied, I suppose.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 11 months ago

Taught me to appreciate humor. Her favorite examples were in the old Warner Brothers cartoons and the Laurel and Hardy movies.

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rightthinker 7 years, 11 months ago

Promoted going to college.....I was undecided about what to do after HS grad. Of course, my Dad, being a Navy career man (and every uncle, cousin, my brother, bro-in-laws etc were in the military) had the notion once you get out of HS you get on a bus the next day to the nearest boot camp. This caused friction for a few years as my Dad hated the idea of me attending a "liberal" university....Southeast Missouri State Univ.---hardly liberal back in the early 80's anyway.

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Aileen Dingus 7 years, 11 months ago

Besides giving birth and all...

My mother taught me the value of education, which I am attempting to pass on to my children.

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canyon_wren 7 years, 11 months ago

Probably the most important thing my mother did for me and her three other children is to maintain faith in my father and a cheerful outlook in spite of over 40 moves and job changes while I was growing up. I can't fathom how difficult that must have been for her at times, but she was always ready to respond to my father's newest "proposal" with enthusiasm and encouragement.

I guess her love for and support of him was one of her greatest gifts to us children.

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enochville 7 years, 11 months ago

Giving me life is the most important thing my mother ever did for me.

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lunacydetector 7 years, 11 months ago

she loved me enough to bring me into this world.

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