Readers share their bond with their moms
She's my Supermom
At the age of 43, childbirth can present many complications for both mother and child. Despite these dangerous risks, on March 29, 1983, an 11-pound, 8-ounce healthy baby boy was born. From that point on, the mother showed that child unconditional love, and the special bond between mother and son grew bigger and bigger as the years passed by.
Through good times and not-so-good times, she has taught me patience and given me the tools to survive the darkest of days.
Without a doubt, she is the greatest mom a son could ever hope for. Her name is Valyn Hillyard, and she is my Supermom.
Love, Michael McCutchen
Michael McCutchen, Point Comfort
The Fish Whisperer
My Mom is a "fish whisperer." Her grandson jokes that she doesn't catch fish but that they swim up to her. Where she fishes, a sign reads: "Millie's Maui - The Reel Fishing Spot." Her Facebook page is littered with fish photos.
The greatest lessons she's taught come from fishing: Be patient, persistent, work hard, enjoy life, exercise, eat healthy, socialize, share, surround your life with love and always thank God for His blessings.
My Mom, with her beautiful smile and generous nature, is my hero.
Men say that if you want to know how a girl is going to turn out, look at her mother. I hope that is true because I can't think of anyone better to be.
Deana Tipton Mabe, Victoria
'My mom means the world to me'
My mother is very special to me. My mother has been with me through good times and bad times; nobody knows how much she means to me.
She has seen me grow up, and she taught me to do the right things.
My mom has such an amazing personality; she is kind to everyone she meets.
My mom has been with me every step of the way. She supports me in everything I do. My mom means the world to me, and I love her with all my heart.
My mom is Yvonne Cruz.
Jessalyn N. Garcia, Howell Middle School, Victoria
'The glue that keeps our family together'
My mom means so much to me.She has a very loving heart, and she is always there to help out her daughters and grandkids.
She is beautiful and sweet, and I don't know what I'd do without her. She has always been there for me and shown me support through the years.
She is the glue that keeps our family together. For all the times you helped me, have been there for me and just loved me, thank you.
Thank you for being a great mother and great Momo. I love you so much.
Love, your daughter, Yvonne Cruz
Yvonne Cruz, Victoria
'She gave us everything she couldn't have'
I think my mom deserves to have the spotlight on her because she is the best.
She is the second oldest of nine brothers and sisters. Her childhood was cut short because she had to play the momma role for her brothers and sisters.
Her mother was a seamstress and would dedicate all day to sewing while my mom cooked, cleaned and tended to eight younger siblings.
She moved from Mexico to the United States 35 years ago with my dad and came here with literally nothing. She didn't speak the language but got by on signals and a few words. She always taught us to never be ashamed of who you are and that you can do anything no matter what.
She worked as a housekeeper for many wealthy families, sometimes being taken advantage of because of her broken English, but she didn't give up.
My dad worked for the city of Victoria for 25 years. After saving and budgeting their money for many years, she now has several rent houses and invests in buying and selling properties here in Victoria.
She tells me, "If I can accomplish what I have coming here with nothing - no education, no money, not knowing the language - and you that have lived here all your life with an education, you can go sooo far."
She encourages me to never give up and never stop dreaming. I admire her for all her hard work, dedication and for giving my brothers and me an education and a chance to go to college.
And she's still not done. Every day, she amazes me for everything she's still accomplishing. She is the mother of a diabetic sales consultant with a bachelor's in criminal justice with a minor in business; a network tech for AEP with a degree in electronics/instrumentation; an operations manager with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering; a successful local business owner for a backhoe and trucking company; and a hairstylist/makeup artist at a local salon.
She gave us everything that she couldn't have, and she raised us in a religious environment, teaching us that with God, anything is possible.
I think she did a pretty awesome job. And I'm very thankful for her.
She is also the grandmother of 13 grandkids and counting.
Jessica Gonzales, Victoria
Through a mother's eyes
My Mom:When around her, you find your body shaking as you laugh with your mouth shut and let your eyes roll at her silliness. All the while, your heart feels full that, yes, that's your Mom.
She makes you feel like you are worth more than you can even value yourself. She says you are so wonderful and you are the best over and over.
And even if it's only in her and God's eyes, you believe her because you see her words through her eyes - a mother's eyes. She hates who you hate - loves who you love. Mom, thank you.
My mom is Edid Andrade.
Rhonda Dennis, Victoria
We are blessed
As I sit on the denim patchwork quiltshe created, I can't help but swell with pride as I watch her visit with family, play with her younger grandchildren and tend to the needs of her 92-year-old father as we picnic in the courtyard of Steven's Nursing Home. That pride is based on the fact that she, as a single parent, worked multiple jobs, attended college, raised my sister and me and attended all events that we participated in and continues to bless our family by her presence, her actions and her unconditional love.
My mother is Doris Brocker Clark.
Rachel Parsons, Yoakum
The bond between me and my mom
Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to look just like my mother. But not only look like her; I wanted to dress like her, talk like her, act like her, be just like her in every way because she had this certain way about her and everything she did. I didn't know what it was called back then, but today, anyone would call it class.
Being the youngest of four and the only girl, my mom and I have a very extra special bond.
I remember her always talking about wanting to go on a cruise, so in 1997, I was given the opportunity to win a cruise by selling insurance. I won that trip for my mom and me, and we set sail September 1998. It was one of the best times I've ever spent with my mom.
She enjoyed it so much, she's been on 14 more cruises since then. But now, I have to compete with my father to be her roomie.
My mom, Margaret Guajardo, is now in her late 70s, and she is still the most beautiful woman inside and out that I know.
So when someone does tell me, "You look just like your mother," I get this warm feeling inside. I light up, and with a smile from ear to ear, I happily say, "Thank you very much."
Marcia Guajardo Jaffe, Victoria