Fighting for Florida

Happy Mother's Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to thank all the mothers in Florida, across the nation and serving overseas for their hard work and sacrifices to give our children a chance at a better future. A mother’s duties do not end at five o’clock. She does not receive a paycheck for her time, nor get holidays off. A mother’s job is constant. But in return, her compensation is found in the love of her family and the happiness of her children.

It takes a special person to be a mother — selflessly putting the needs of her children before her own, unconditionally supporting and loving them, and oftentimes serving as the voice of reason — because let’s face it, mothers really do know best.

Growing up, my mom taught me many lessons in life, and she continues to do so today. She taught me that my potential was unlimited, and that through hard work and an education I could achieve whatever I wanted to — including my own version of the American Dream. She taught me the values of family, tradition and kindness. And I am blessed to see my wife instilling those same qualities in our four children.

I would especially like to wish a happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers serving overseas. We thank you for your selfless service to both your country and your children, and we appreciate your sacrifice. We also celebrate military moms, the wives of service men keeping their military families together, and the moms of our service members whose sons and daughters risk their lives so that we can continue to live freely and safely. Your strength is inspiring to us all, and I wish you a peaceful and fulfilling day.

While we set aside one day each year to honor our mothers, we must remember to thank them not just today, but every day. From first steps and first days of school, to graduation days and wedding days, their love has guided us to life’s many celebrations and through its many obstacles. In return, we aim to be the sons and daughters they worked so hard to raise, using the values they have instilled in us to navigate life.

To all the mothers whose love has resulted in generations of men and women filled with principle and promise, Happy Mother’s Day.