DALLAS - I hope you have special plans for your mother this holiday weekend. It's this week's uncut commentary.
I know; I know. Sometimes she gives advice you don't want or ask for. Do something special anyway. Some of us no longer have that option.
My mother passed away three years ago. And though she could get on my nerves from time to time, and I on hers, I would give anything for just five minutes of visiting with her - even if it was five minutes of her chewing me out for something I didn't do.
I came home once as a seventh grader who hated chores and asked, "This is America, so why don't we run the house like a democracy?"
She looked at me, smiled, walked over to the living room curtains, threw them open and said: "You see all that out there? Lyndon Baines Johnson runs all that out there. But, in this house, I am the president. If Lyndon Johnson walks through that door looking for water, he better ask my permission before he reaches for a glass."
"Just like every other house in America, this house is a kingdom," she said. "Your father's king; I'm the queen. Don't like it, you can always make your own kingdom."
She was clear and direct.
This weekend, we should sing the praises of every mother, especially the tough ones.
Like Linda Self, remember her? A man knocked her down and shot her when she refused to give up her purse.
“I've lived too long and worked too hard to let something like that take it away from me," she said.
Self kept her purse and is recovering.
So, this weekend, remember mom for just being mom. After all, as my mother once told me: The best bank in America will only carry you for three months, your mama carried you for nine.
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