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What Does Your Mom Do for …

…people besides her family? Here’s why the question’s on my mind.

A couple days ago I had the pleasure of attending a retirement luncheon for my mother, who’s been a secretary (officially, “office support specialist,” but she has no use for the title) at the University of Illinois for decades. It was a bigger production than she expected, because so many people had tributes to deliver. I listened as one person after another talked about the personal qualities that made her special to them: Her patience, her level head, her listening ear, her ability to steer colleagues through stress and crises, her attention and care to the students who pass through the office.

I smiled a lot, and not just with pride, though I was plenty proud of her. I also smiled because I recognized so much of what they were saying. The same qualities Mom used to bless our family were being spread around to bless everyone else.

Which got me thinking. We’ve already invited you to join the Focus on the Family Mother’s Day contest to brag on what your Mom means to you. But besides that, I’d like to invite you to write about what your Mom does for people outside your family.

This isn’t part of the contest and has no prizes. It’s just a chance to brag on Mom in a different sort of way, here on The Line.

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About the Author

Matt Kaufman

Matt Kaufman has been a columnist for Boundless since the site’s founding in 1998, and did a stint as editor in 2002-2003. He’s also a former staffer and current contributing editor for Focus on the Family Citizen magazine. Matt is a freelance writer/editor who spent some years in Colorado, but gave up the mountains for the cornfields: He now lives in his hometown of Urbana, home of the University of Illinois. His house is a five minute drive from the one where he grew up, and he enjoys daily walks around the park where he used to play baseball.

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