“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” This famous quote from Jackie Kennedy is definitely relevant this Mother’s Day weekend, as many of us reflect on our relationships with mom as well as the unbridled joy and yes, the challenges of raising our own children. Mothers are our strongest and most emotional connection to the world — they nurture us through the tender years of childhood, offer support and encouragement through the roller coaster of adolescence and give us the wings to fly.
On a very personal note, I want to thank my own mother, Marti, who has always been a source of tremendous strength and resolve in extremely difficult times, especially when I lost my dad. She was always there for me and the invaluable lessons I learned from her have invariably shaped my relationship with two of the greatest loves of my life, my son and daughter. Nicole is a smart, beautiful woman and being an adoring grammy to her young daughter Gabriella has brought me incredible happiness. For Jonathan, who just finished his freshman year at Boston College and who was at the marathon right before the horrific bombings, the fear of that day was so intense, I just prayed and hoped and knew you would be safe — and you were. My children are grown, but know my love for you grows with each passing day, and to my own mother, thank you for everything. And to all the moms out there who balance family, career and everything in-between, Happy Mother’s Day!
Sandy Keedy, President and Creative Director