This year, Mother's Day has a very special meaning for our Layzell Dreger & Associates Team. With COVID-19, it was the first time that we weren't able to hug our moms, or just pop by for a visit. It made us realize how much we love our moms, and it hit us pretty hard these past few days leading up to Mother's Day. I know that words are enough to say THANK YOU to our incredibly amazing moms, but we wanted to try nonetheless. For those of you who may have missed last year's ode to our moms, we wanted to share our personal stories about how special our moms are. We wish everyone a very special Mother's Day and with some restrictions being lifted in B.C., we can't wait to thank our moms in person and hug them soon!
CODY DREGER'S ODE TO HIS MOM, DARCY:
“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child." - Sophia Loren
When it comes to mothers, I truly believe that I have hit the lottery. My mom has always been my rock, my constant voice of support and encouragement, and the one person who doesn’t mind nagging me (others may call it “encouraging me") to challenge myself in life. I am forever grateful for her love and warmth throughout my life. My mom started her early life in Big River, Saskatchewan, and maybe this early life in the Prairies sowed the seeds for her joyful and inquisitive nature. With 5 siblings, family was and continues to be the centre of her universe. In fact, a quick perusal of Facebook shows that just this week she tagged myself and my sister in a post about automated speed cameras in Nanaimo and warned us to watch our speed. It is those little things that let me know just how much she cares for us.
Anyone who knows my mom knows that she is very active and is extremely athletic. I would like to think that all those early mornings driving me to hockey practice reinforced for her the importance of sport, although now I am more apt to buy a hockey card than play (as I don’t have time to sign the NHL contract that would likely be offered to me – ha ha). My mom loves to laugh and is so honest that sometimes I wish she might be able to introduce a bit of puffery when I need to seek her wise advice. She knows that I need to hear the truth and that does not mince words when I have done something that she disagrees with. However, in all truthfulness, I think that her support and frank conversations often steer me in the right direction in life.
I cannot miss the opportunity to share how much I love my mom, especially with Mother’s Day approaching. I am humbled and grateful that she continues to be there for me, as well as be that incredibly fun-loving grandmother to my own three daughters. I see the joy that she brings to their lives and I know that the memories shared will resonate with my daughters as they become adults. So, I simply say THANK YOU MOM for the gift of life, laughter, love and “encouraging” that you share with me.
DUSTIN LAYZELL'S ODE TO HIS MOM, BARB:
“My mother is a strong person. Her strength comes from being tested by life's unpredictability. It comes from soldiering on for her children, even when she might rather give up. I know it hasn't always come easily, but I also know it's her greatest gift." - Matt Lauer
One interesting fact about my mom is that she is an amazing cook, and I definitely enjoy food as a result of the incredible meals that my mom would “go over the top” and take 3 days to prepare a meal for 6 people that looked exactly as you would expect to see on the cover of a culinary magazine. I definitely developed a fondness for entertaining friends and family because of her influence. Perhaps the greatest gift that my mom has taught me is resiliency. She taught me the importance of setting goals, getting up and dusting yourself off after a setback, and pursuing the best life possible. This is something that has made me a better person, a better father, and a better partner to my amazing wife, Jenna. Just a few weeks ago, we were blessed to celebrate Airlie's first birthday, and I am reminded again that a parent’s love for their children knows no bounds and is endless. When my son Jayce tells Jenna and I each night when we tuck him snugly into his bed that he loves us, my heart grows bigger each time I hear those precious words. I am truly blessed to have such an amazing mom and an inspiring and loving wife, Jenna, and wish them a wonderful Mother’s Day!