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 WORD OF THE WEEK – What did Your Mom Do?


MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (05/09/15) – This week, KenCo News Director J.L. Graham discusses the concept of the importance of local Moms in his weekly Word of the Week column.

This weekend, Western Kentucky citizens will be celebrating Mother’s Day. But do you truly realize the importance of your Mom?

About ten years ago, my Mom went to heaven to be with our Lord and my Dad, and my brother, along with several other family members we have lost throughout the years. Unfortunately, it took the loss of my Mom for me to realize the important role she played in my life.

Mom and I always got along well, but as a youth I never considered what she did for me. Mom pretty much created the good things in me, and drove out many of the bad things. If not for her, many local citizens wouldn’t have gotten help when they needed it.

My Mom, Judy Richey Graham, taught me a lot of things that helped get me this far in life. One of the most impacting things she taught me, however, took place when I was about 10-years old. We had a neighbor, Mrs. Grace, who lived just down from us. One day a friend of the family was over while Mom and I were sitting in the living room. This friend told us that Ms. Grace had donated money to a local family that had lost their home in a fire. Ms. Grace didn’t have much money, and the friend informed us that she went without food for three days to help this family.

After the friend left, Mom looked to me and said, “What are you going to do about this?”

“What do you mean,” I asked.

Mom then gave me a lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. She said, “Ms. Grace gave up her own needs for someone else in need. That’s a good person son. We need to pass it along.”

I didn’t understand what she meant by pass it along.

“Son, when you meet a good child of God who serves Him and expects nothing in return, you make that same sacrifice for them. Ms. Grace gave. Now we give. We pass it along to her. Someday someone will see you doing a good thing for others, and they will pass it along as well. It’s a process son, and it can change people’s lives,” she said.

Ms. Grace was an elderly lady at the time, and she wasn’t able to mow her yard. So, Mom fixed a meal for Ms. Grace and told me to grab the lawnmower. We went over to her home and Mom sat and had dinner with her while I mowed her yard. At the end of the day, as I lay in bed, I had the best feeling of my life. I helped someone in need. On top of that, Mom told me she was so proud of me. I felt complete.

That lesson my Mom gave me has stayed with me for life. Even today, I mow yards for people that can’t afford to pay someone to mow, and for the disabled and elderly. If they do pay me, that money goes for gas for the next yard that needs mowed, with leftover funds donated to the hungry and those experiencing financial hardships. Hundreds of people have received help over the years simply because my Mom told me to “Pass it Along.”

Mom is gone now, and I miss her constantly. But I can honestly say that she impacted my life more than she knew here on Earth. I truly wish that I had told her that before she passed away.

So, this weekend, take time out for Mom. You may not realize how much she has done for you, and how she has created the person you are today. But someday you will. Visit your Mom this weekend. Tell her how important she is. Hug her tightly and spend a day just sitting with her, talking about how important she is to you. The best reward of her life is having a child that she can be proud of, and that appreciates her.

To my Mom in heaven. I’m so sorry I never told you of all the ways you shaped and molded me into the man I am today. You were a great woman and the best Mom that I could ever ask for. I miss you and I love you with all my heart, Mom. I pray that I will see you again in Heaven.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there. Thank you for raising the good men and women of our communities.

J.L. Graham
KenCo News
www.kycountynews.com