Rural Missouri - May 2022 - 5

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Volume 75 | MAY 2022 | Number 5
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RM | PERSPECTIVES
In praise of mothers
by Caleb Jones | cjones@amec.coop
M
other's Day is a
special time of year
around the Jones
household.
Most years it involves me
scrambling around the house
trying to find the gift I bought
the month before, finding a
way to sneak my kids away
from Mom so they can make
homemade cards, last-minute
phone calls to restaurants that
are all overbooked and usually
ending with a low-key Mother's
Day celebration at our
favorite neighborhood Mexican
restaurant.
Somehow through all of this
my wife, Lindsey, manages to
show appreciation with style
and grace.
I have looked high and low
and have yet to find a manual
out there with instructions
on how to be a good mother.
Sure, there's plenty of stuff
about childbirth, potty training
and first aid for those
mothers of little boys. But no
one really prepares them for being
the bearer of rocks and feathers that
your child insists on bringing home,
removing permanent marker ink off
of a dog (or a little brother) or trying
to find a tree frog that somehow has
gotten loose in the house.
It takes a pretty special person to
be a mom. I still to this day haven't
figured out how Lindsey manages to
keep our house from burning down,
makes sure our kids are fed and still
finds time to look amazing.
There's no special prize for raising
a family. Nobody comes to the door
when your kids turn 18 with a check,
balloons and a banner reading: " You
did it. " It's a lifetime commitment that
rewards you a little bit at a time -
eventually resulting in turning that
little baby boy or girl into an amazing
man or woman.
Mother's Day makes me think of
our electric co-ops and how they were
" born. " Someone had to coax them
photo courtesy Lana Eklund, Art and Soul Photography
Like mothers everywhere, my wife, Lindsey, doesn't
shy away from trips to the creek with the kids and the
inevitable rocks and frogs in her pockets.
into life, and often it was just one
person trying to get their friends and
neighbors to put $5 down to get one
light bulb, refrigerator or dairy cow
milker to run off of electricity. Others
took the co-op through its awkward
teenage stage. Through years of nurturing
and growing, our cooperatives
are now " adults " every member-owner
should be proud of.
I lost my mom when I was just a
boy, but I know she would be proud
of the man I have become, just like
Lindsey is going to be proud of Max
and Charlie and just like your co-ops
are proud to see every single member
succeed.
This Mother's Day, let's thank our
mothers. The pay may not be so great
... but the benefits are amazing.
Caleb is the executive vice president
and CEO of the Association of Missouri
Electric Cooperatives and a member of
Boone Electric Cooperative.
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