What’s in..What’s out…7-15-17 .. Governor’s conference, water fires, Budget Blues, Healthcare Woes…

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The National Governor’s conference….is showcasing Rhode Island this week. On stage is Providence and Newport premiering the best of both cities to approximately 30 Governors and over 2,000 guests.  It’s a who’s who extravaganza of guest speakers on Friday including Vice President Mike Pence and Canadanian Prime Minister Trudeau. Conference guests will enjoy receptions at the State House, Providence Performing Arts Center, Waterplace Park and a clambake in Newport. Water fires 🔥 will be lit to entertain all the dignitaries and their guests.  Every politico in the state has been invited and security is tight. It will be interesting to see the Providence Journal’s breakdown of expenses and where the money is coming from! Governor a Gina Raimondo premieres  as Rhode Island’s first Woman Governor! Let the celebrations begin!

Local TV stations, WPRI (10), WJAR(10) WLNE (6)…have started live Facebook news promos and weather.  You can now see news headlines and weather live on Facebook! The technology and sound is clear and professional, making it easy to watch! Kudos to these local stations for being even more accessible to news viewers.

What’s out…

The ever changing world of Healthcare… It’s scary to think that we place our lives in the hands of others so many times when we need a Hospital or medical care.  The ever changing status of Healthcare has made us frustrated and worried over what’s to come.  Increased prices in medicines, lack of home care for our most vulnerable and overcrowded hospitals  have become the status quo.  Nursing homes are overcrowded and hard to get in to unless you are lucky to get a room.  Our loved ones who need rehabilitation on a 24 hour care , are stuck with a system that favors the wealthy and the connected.  It’s expensive to get 24 hour care and pocket breaking if you need a nursing home.  Will it ever change? While all or dignities and elite are enjoying lobster, drinks and water fire, our most vulnerable are sick and suffering and wondering if they will be taken care of tomorrow. So instead of fighting in Washington over who met who in the last election campaign, please get moving and do something for all the people who need it. ” The “Let them eat cake attitude is getting a lot overdone in this country”.  It’s time for changes across the board! It starts with you! Vote early and make sure you know who you are voting for and if they are representing your interests, not theirs.

 

The General Assembly Budget Standoff…while people may think it is good for the Budget not to be passed, it is indeed costing cities and towns money.  Losing state aid for our cities and towns, will only cause repercussions in the times ahead.  It’s amazing to me that not one of our State Representatives Or Senators (not in leadership) has voiced an opinion publicly on this stalemate! Where does your local Rep or Senator stand? Meanwhile, I can say this to you all! In 1998, when I co-sponsored the original Car Tax Phase out plan, there was no such ammendment tacked on it and the General Assembly had no problem stopping the elimination of the car tax phase out repeatedly by freezing it and by stopping it completely. It seems like a lifetime ago, but things were better than, Egos were there but not like today where they are displayed as a badge of courage.  I have to say, I have never seen anything like this and people should be contacting their state Representatives and Senators.  Remember election year is right around the corner!

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What’s in…What’s out this week…7-7-17

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Hand held cell phone ban bill has passed both the House and Senate chambers…This one has been around for years… and hopefully will be signed by the Governor and enacted into law. How often do we see someone driving with cell phone in hand and they are trying to make a turn but almost hit your car? This will make a big difference in our roads if it becomes law.  They will be safer and better for all of us.

Governor’s free tuition plan… Regardless of the budget being at a standstill, the Governor vows to get the money to fulfill her tuition promise to RI students. She had some strong words to say about the General Assembly, “People shouldn’t have to suffer, because politicians can’t do their job”.

RI Partnership for Home Care…Shout out to Nicholas Oliver this week for working hard to protect some of most our vulnerable people in Rhode Island. He “ gets it” and knows how important these services are to our sick and seniors.

What’s out…

Standoff at RI State House…The standoff continues as the RI House and Senate hold their ground their “He said, He said” stand. Last Friday night Speaker Nick Mattiello banged the gavel and shut down The House of Representatives after a last minute amendment to the car tax was tacked on the budget. Anyone who has served in the General Assembly knows, the budget process takes months to do with many hours of debate and hearings by the House Finance committee. A great deal of work is done by Finance members who deserve some courtesy in this process.

There was a full week in between passage of the budget in the House and Senate. Plenty of time passed to put in an amendment with the House Finance Committee that could have been debated in an open forum. So why did the Senate put on a last minute amendment? Senator Ruggerio claims it resulted over concerns of the car tax issue being an unfunded mandate that could possibly dip into the rainy day fund.  So why was it approved in the Senate Finance committee and changed last minute on the Senate floor? State House insiders say it happened because of an amendment to the much debated paid sick leave bill which passed the Senate. It’s scary to even think that one bill could have so much power to shut down a session and cause a standstill in the budget and bill process.

Did someone stamp their feet and cry foul?
Even though the state can operate on last year’s fiscal budget for awhile, there is no doubt that this is not good for the people of Rhode Island. So many good initiatives remain in limbo such as increased age for foster care from 18 years to 21 and free bus passes for seniors.  This is hardball at it’s worse. Can one person call the shots at the state house? Are there some that are so powerful that they put their needs over so many others? I hope not.

The Governor has weighed in after several days of silence and ultimately has asked both the House and Senate to go back to work.  Senate has said they will return in Fall to take up PawSox legislation while Speaker Mattiello has told WPRO’s Gene Valicenti, he has no plans to return anytime soon unless his form of the House budget is passed by Senate.

Well, something’s got to give.  It doesn’t matter who’s right or wrong anymore, everyone. You are elected to lead and that’s what you need to do! Sometimes you have to swallow really hard at the State House with an amendment to a bill you don’t like or a budget article that isn’t perfect. It’s called compromise for the good of all.  No any one person is better than the institution our forefathers created. So in the words of N.E. Patriot coach Bill Belichick, “ Do your job”.

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The Rhode Island State Budget… for fiscal year 2018 was under debate Thursday and by the time you read this it may be one step closer to passage. Among the budget items up for passage is the rebirth of the car tax phase out plan of 1998. The plan is very similar to the car tax phase out plan passed in 1998. The car tax phase out plan is a six year plan. As you may remember, the plan passed in 1998 was frozen after only a few years and then totally discontinued in 2011 because of declining revenues and budget restraints. Will the General Assembly have the money to eliminate the car tax? It certainly is hard to predict what the fiscal condition of the state will be within the next several years. But a promise is a promise. And as a sponsor of the original car tax phase out plan in 1998, I found out that you can’t always predict what lies ahead. Economic policies and elected officials can change, sometimes overnight, and no one can predict what the future can bring or who will oppose the plan in the future. I am a believer that the car tax phase out plan is a commitment that was originally made to the people of this state in 1998 and am hopeful for its success – but I have my doubts. As the saying goes, “been there, done that, and bought the tee-shirt.”

The $9.2 billion state budget also includes… 2 Years Free Tuition at Community College of RI (CCRI)… A scaled down version of the Governor’s Free Tuition plan has emerged. Some changes were made to the plan including the elimination of the community service requirement and applicants must maintain a 2.5 average. And only CCRI. This is a big change from the Governor’s original plan. One has to wonder how much money was spent on commercials to promote Governor Raimondo’s tuition plan? It hardly seems like the outcome was a success considering the money spent on commercials and the free tuition campaigning done across the state.

Free RIPTA Bus Passes for Seniors… are also included in the budget. This is the right thing to do and one of those items that should never be cut.

Kudos to Majority Leader Joe Shekarchi… for sponsoring House bill 6295 that ensures that insurances fully cover mastectomies. With health insurers wanting to cover less and less, it’s important to put in legislation that protects us.

 

What’s out…

North Korea… North Korea finally releases Otto Warmbier in critical condition and he died a few days later. We are living in barbaric times. Do not send your children to places like North Korea or other countries where they have no value for human life. A travel ban should be issued for the countries who continually prove to be sadistic monarchies.

Rudeness and Disrespect and Bullying… have no place in our State House… It may be that some people were having a bad day, but please let’s not forget that the State House is the people’s house and treating its guests as unwanted guests just isn’t right. Not to mention that many who visit the State House are seniors who are much older than the people who work there. This wasn’t the first time that we’ve heard of such rudeness. It’s been around a long time and not just to people testifying. It can also happen to workers and colleagues there who disagree with the status quo. So please let’s not have our State House be the place that makes the laws but refuses to follow them.

 

 

What’s in..What’s out..6-16 ..Gubernatorial candidates…Ghost of Christmas past…

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Joanne Giannini: What’s In, What’s Out June 16 2017
Posted on June 16, 2017
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Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey …..These two Capitol Police officers are heroes. They saved so many lives Wednesday morning when a sniper fired openly on Congressional Members and staff at a ballfield during practice for a charity ballgame.

 

The race for Governor of Rhode Island….Even though it’s still a year and a Half away, the race has begun….Potential Candidates are starting to emerge and announcements will probably be made in the fall…On the Democrat side, Lincoln Chafee has said that he’s not ruling it out. But what we don’t know is what party he will run in. He could possibly run as an independent giving him more time to challenge incumbent Governor Raimondo who is stocking a cool $2 million in her campaign fund.

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Waterfire 2017… It’s back… Waterfire Providence will be lit this Saturday, June 10th. Kudos to creator Barnaby Evans for making Providence shine with this event which has been so beneficial to our city and state. The event is being sponsored by the RI Day of Portugal and Rhode Island College with its Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, with the support of Textron Charitable Trust. Lighting starts at 8:40 PM. Let the fires be lit!

Mayor Alan Fung… continues to make the circuit sounding more and more like a candidate for governor. He is continually criticizing Governor Gina Raimondo’s leadership capabilities and “overspending”. Is this the start of the next campaign season? It certainly looks like it.

T.F. Green Airport… is on the move with new direct flights to several European airports which was announced by Norwegian Air. Also, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines have announced direct flights from Providence to various American cities. T.F. Green Airport continues to prove itself as one of the best gateways to and from the east coast.

James Comey testifies… former FBI Director Comey testifies on the Hill.
Whatever you feel about this testimony, we must agree the Hill is on fire with “He said, She said”, Russia, and accusations from all sides!

 

What’s out…

Rhode Works…Tolls… as reported in the Providence Journal, construction costs were not included in the $2.5 million figure given for this project! That figure is just for maintenance. Supposedly, $38 million in construction costs or more were never figured in the cost. What other costs were not figured in? And how will all this affect the outcome of monies needed to repair our roads and bridges? There will certainly be a shortfall in profits that were anticipated from these tolls. This leaves us to wonder will other vehicles be subjected to tolls next? Stay tuned for “Tollgate” coming to a town near you!

PawSox bill… WPRI has reported that the PawSox bill is “not dead” and may be out this week in a new form. As the session comes to a close, one wonders how could this be done now? Inquiring minds want to know.

Bill Cosby…I mean really?… The trial started this week and the accusations are flying. Many women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault and drugging. Also reported was the purchase of “Quaaludes” by Cosby to be used to drug these women. How sad that a man, (if convicted), who once was so respected as a “family man” will leave a legacy of mistrust and horror.

 

 

 

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Waterfire 2017… It’s back… Waterfire Providence will be lit this Saturday, June 10th. Kudos to creator Barnaby Evans for making Providence shine with this event which has been so beneficial to our city and state. The event is being sponsored by the RI Day of Portugal and Rhode Island College with its Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, with the support of Textron Charitable Trust. Lighting starts at 8:40 PM. Let the fires be lit!

Mayor Alan Fung… continues to make the circuit sounding more and more like a candidate for governor. He is continually criticizing Governor Gina Raimondo’s leadership capabilities and “overspending”. Is this the start of the next campaign season? It certainly looks like it.

T.F. Green Airport… is on the move with new direct flights to several European airports which was announced by Norwegian Air. Also, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines have announced direct flights from Providence to various American cities. T.F. Green Airport continues to prove itself as one of the best gateways to and from the east coast.

James Comey testifies… former FBI Director Comey testifies on the Hill.
Whatever you feel about this testimony, we must agree the Hill is on fire with “He said, She said”, Russia, and accusations from all sides!

 

What’s out…

Rhode Works…Tolls… as reported in the Providence Journal, construction costs were not included in the $2.5 million figure given for this project! That figure is just for maintenance. Supposedly, $38 million in construction costs or more were never figured in the cost. What other costs were not figured in? And how will all this affect the outcome of monies needed to repair our roads and bridges? There will certainly be a shortfall in profits that were anticipated from these tolls. This leaves us to wonder will other vehicles be subjected to tolls next? Stay tuned for “Tollgate” coming to a town near you!

PawSox bill… WPRI has reported that the PawSox bill is “not dead” and may be out this week in a new form. As the session comes to a close, one wonders how could this be done now? Inquiring minds want to know.

Bill Cosby…I mean really?… The trial started this week and the accusations are flying. Many women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault and drugging. Also reported was the purchase of “Quaaludes” by Cosby to be used to drug these women. How sad that a man, (if convicted), who once was so respected as a “family man” will leave a legacy of mistrust and horror.

 

 

 

What’s in, What’s out this week….. read it here…

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Operation Stop the flow” broke up a major drug ring in Providence that was operating throughout Massachusetts. Thirty individuals were arrested for distributing fentanyl and heroin. Kudos to the Providence Police Intelligence Unit and Organized Crime Unit for cleaning up a major drug ring operating in Providence after a ten month investigation.

Pope Francis…gave an audience to President Donald Trump and his family this week at the Vatican. Pictures were posted of the first family looking very pious all dressed in black and the women wearing veils. It turns out the Vatican advised the first family of dress protocols before their audience.
Pope Francis continues to be the “People’s Pope” by reaching out to all.

Councilwoman Sabina Matos...takes over the helm as the Acting Council President of the City of Providence after the Council President resignation of Luis Aponte. Will there be an election soon to permanently name a Council President? Some members of the City Council rumored to run are Councilwoman Matos, Councilman David Salvatore, Councilman Nick Narducci and Councilman Terence Hassett. Stay tuned this list is growing!

What’s out….

Paw Sox legislation….As I predicted last week, the Paw Sox legislation is on the back burner for this legislative session. The Senate Leadership has stated that there is not enough of time to give it a proper look after Governor Gina Raimondo gave a cool reception to the proposal. But let’s be fair a bill was never submitted in its proper form for the Governor or Legislature to look at. One has to ask this question, ” What was Mayor Grebien and the Paw Sox waiting for? It should have been submitted at the beginning of the legislative session, not the end.
My guess is that the votes for this legislation just aren’t there!


Terrorism at the Ariana Grande Concert….22 people died and 59 were injured at a Ariana Grande concert in Great Britian this week leaving us all stunned and angry. How can this terror continue and when will it stop? These senseless tragedies are killing the quality of life worldwide leaving us all to fear what will happen next.

The Governor’s free college tuition plan seems to be in jeopardy. With a $134 million shortfall in the budget, its prospects look dim. The cutting of social programs is never a priority of the legislature and will draw sharp criticism from those in need and advocates. It will be interesting to see if this tuition proposal will proceed.v

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The Ireland West International Centre Open House…Looking for something interesting to do this week? There will be an open house and reception on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at the Ireland West International Trade Centre at 77 North Main Street, Providence, RI.
The Centre provides both real and virtual space for Irish companies looking to enter or expand in the United States market. The centre serves as an international base for them to promote events, and also provides a meeting space, email address, mail address and phone number. The companies range from software companies, furniture manufacturers, worksite training programs, a craft beer company and also a travel agency that offers culture and heritage tours of Ireland and so much more. This open house precedes the starting of direct flights between Rhode Island and Ireland starting the first week in June. Stop by to get promotional brochures and or email info@IrelandWestTradeCentre.com for information.

The Quonset Air Show… The RI National Guard Air Show in North Kingstown kicks off this weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This is always a great family event and they will be providing free parking for and train service to Quonset Point. For more info on train service, visit http://www.ridot.com/trainstoplanes.

The PawSox Stadium… It’s Back! The new proposal is in and it promises jobs, job, jobs! But what kind of jobs? Will Rhode Islanders be given the first choice for these jobs or will former Boston Red Sox employees come to Rhode Island and be given the first chance? I’d like to see several safeguards in legislation. One is a guarantee of Rhode Island jobs, not just the minimum wage employees, but living wage employees, also. How about some Rhode Islanders who live in Rhode Island being given the first opportunity? It means nothing to say we will have jobs if they do not go to Rhode Islanders. Maybe it’s just me, but if I were pitching a proposal for a new ballpark, I would be looking for other ways to make up the $38 million needed in state and city funding. Seeing the PawSox are the farm team for the Boston Red Sox, one of the most profitable ball clubs in the US, shouldn’t they pitch in toward this stadium. After all it will host their farm team. The people of RI have made it abundantly clear that they do not want any state money used. As for Pawtucket, they will have to go to the state in other ways to raise their $15 million such as increased state aid, increased payment in lieu of taxes, increased school aid and increased revenue sharing. Either way, this proposal may be put on hold. Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is right when he says there are so many other irons in the fire and this cannot be rushed. Looks like this one will be put on the back burner until many changes are made.
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Human Trafficking Happens in All RI Communities… A recent report by RI’s Kim Kalunian reports that Human Trafficking is in every RI community. That’s no surprise to me since I introduced the first Human Trafficking bill in 2007. The facts are that in RI most of the victims are between 14 and 15 years old. The US Department of Homeland security reports hundreds of people being trafficked throughput RI every year. he original bill I introduced to make Human Trafficking illegal passed in 2007 in the RI House of Representatives and died in the Senate. It then passed both chambers in 2008 and became law. It was them amended and passed with an indoor prostitution bill I introduced in 2009 which became law. Steep penalties were placed for traffickers and pimps that were never included. I wish I could say that it was easy for me. But it was not and one of the most trying times in my legislative career. I guess you could say, “All good things come to those who wait”.
Pot holes, pot holes, and more pot holes… It’s no secret that we have always had pot holes but this year they look like ditches. Let’s hope that the expected monies from the tolls can fix our roads. It really isn’t safe driving and then hitting a pot hole that is really a ditch. And while we are speaking about roads, please open the Pleasant Valley Parkway bridge!
Long overdue!

What’s in…What’s out… 5-12-17 $100 million shortfall, caught in Providence rocks…

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Attorney General’s Office Breaks Ground On New Building in Cranston….Several divisions of the Attorney General’s office are moving to Cranston in a new building being built at the John O. Pastore Complex at the intersection of Pontiac Avenue and Howard Avenue. It will be a customer service center, costing between $12 and $14 million. The new location is also expected to house office space, employee offices, conference rooms and a public and a employee parking lot for 124 vehicles.
Work has begun at the site including the covering of soil piles which were found to contain low levels of arsenic and semi-volatile organic compounds. This was confirmed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management on NBC 10. This sounds a little scary to me and makes one wonder if it’s environmentally safe.

Pawtucket Red Sox Study… A new study released states the Apex site
in Pawtucket is the best location for the proposed $76 million ballpark. The Brailsford& Dunlavey consultant team projects that a new ballpark and additional development in the Apex site would bring the state $129.8 million in state and city taxes. This clearly is a case of “If we build it, will they come”?

Caught in Providence….is in! I must say I really like watching this show on ABC 6 as it honestly and clearly portrays a day in the Providence Municipal court. Chief Judge Frank Caprio displays fairness, humor and a good heart. Kudos also to producer Joseph Caprio who has long been an unrecognized hero in producing video shows as a public service to all Rhode Islanders.

What’s out….
A proposed $100 million shortfall in Rhode Island revenue estimates was revealed yesterday by the auditors of the May revenue estimating conference. Politicians can lay the blame on whoever they want. But let’s be clear, the UHIP crisis, fallen revenue, department overspending, Administrative new hirings by both the Governor and General Assembly do not help. What elected official will have the guts to get an accurate list of new hires and pay grades within the last year? Is there anyone with the knowledge or fortitude to let the public know how much is really being spent in the state budget? This includes new hires, office renovations, raises, trips, food and liquor expenses and proposed new equipment as well. This is a call out to all who say they are for open government. Let’s see how the money is being spent.
FBI Director James Comey…is out! I don’t understand the hoopla over this firing. It was just last week that Hillary Clinton blamed him as one of the reasons she lost ground in her election. It was not too long ago that several members of Congress were outraged by his behavior, including Chuck Shumer! The bottom line is that the President gets to choose his staff and that he has made the decision. If Congress doesn’t like it, then maybe they should try to change it. But keep in mind Bill Clinton chose his FBI director and rightfully so. The public needs to have faith in its head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and some of Comey’s behavior has at the very least instilled doubt in many.

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(My mom and I on her last Mother’s Day in 1998)
A Heavy Heart on Mother’s Day
It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean Spring or Easter time or daylight savings time. It’s time for Mother’s Day. I was reading an article posted from a blog about ” Being Motherless on Mother’s Day” and it really hit home for me.

For those of us who have lost their mom or never knew their mom, it can be a bittersweet day on Mother’s day without her. Yes, we all can take comfort in the memories of our mother’s embrace, her laugh, her cooking or that special look she gave you when you did something extraordinary or something wrong. The traditions our mother’s taught us are embedded in our memories for a lifetime but will never feel the same.

At Christmas time, we celebrate our memories by making mom’s special recipes. Decorations and the fine China she used make their annual appearance in my home and my sisters’ homes. The younger children in our family know only what we tell them about their grandmother and great grandmother. It is sad that they will never experience the joy and knowledge we received from my mother.

We celebrate Holidays at the family table saying things like “Remember when Mom cooked the 30lb. turkey?” Or we would reminisce about the way our mother set the table or decorated the Christmas tree. The heavy heart I feel this time of year starts on May 1st and follows me throughout the month to Mother’s Day. The pit of my stomach feels a sadness I just can’t explain.

It may feel different to some who have accepted that life goes on and we have to face the fact that we are all going to die. But for many of us, the loss of our mother, is something that makes our hearts ache. And for those of us, who do not have children, Mother’s Day is a ghostly reminder of what could have been. So many of us who are childless, enjoy being aunties and caretakers to other children but that reminder is there that we are not mommies. Please don’t get me wrong, we live in a world today where adoption and foster parenting is so much needed and available. All of those opportunities are available to us and we appreciate it.

We glance back at our childhoods and thank God for the precious gift of having a mother and celebrate Mother’s Day in the best way we can with a heavy heart.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Mother’s Day ….with a heavy heart….

 

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(My mom and I on her last Mother’s Day in 1998)

 

A Heavy Heart on Mother’s Day
It’s that time of year again. No, I don’t mean Spring or Easter time or daylight savings time. It’s time for Mother’s Day. I was reading an article posted from a blog about ” Being Motherless on Mother’s Day” and it really hit home for me.

For those of us who have lost their mom or never knew their mom, it can be a bittersweet day on Mother’s day without her. Yes, we all can take comfort in the memories of our mother’s embrace, her laugh, her cooking or that special look she gave you when you did something extraordinary or something wrong. The traditions our mother’s taught us are embedded in our memories for a lifetime but will never feel the same.

At Christmas time, we celebrate our memories by making mom’s special recipes. Decorations and the fine China she used make their annual appearance in my home and my sisters’ homes. The younger children in our family know only what we tell them about their grandmother and great grandmother. It is sad that they will never experience the joy and knowledge we received from my mother.

We celebrate Holidays at the family table saying things like “Remember when Mom cooked the 30lb. turkey?” Or we would reminisce about the way our mother set the table or decorated the Christmas tree. The heavy heart I feel this time of year starts on May 1st and follows me throughout the month to Mother’s Day. The pit of my stomach feels a sadness I just can’t explain.

It may feel different to some who have accepted that life goes on and we have to face the fact that we are all going to die. But for many of us, the loss of our mother, is something that makes our hearts ache. And for those of us, who do not have children, Mother’s Day is a ghostly reminder of what could have been. So many of us who are childless, enjoy being aunties and caretakers to other children but that reminder is there that we are not mommies. Please don’t get me wrong, we live in a world today where adoption and foster parenting is so much needed and available. All of those opportunities are available to us and we appreciate it.

We glance back at our childhoods and thank God for the precious gift of having a mother and celebrate Mother’s Day in the best way we can with a heavy heart.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!