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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's day in Tucson, Arizona

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were an estimated 85.4 million mothers in the United States in 2008. Of that number, 54 percent of 15- to 44-year-old women were mothers. There were also a staggering 4.13 million births registered in the United States in 2009. That's one big bunch of mamas, more than enough to deserve a holiday of their own.

Sunday is my first Mother’s Day without my mom who passed away last June. My sisters and I miss her very much. Some days are bright with her memory and other days we’re reminded of her presence, her cautionary tales and her teaching.

With Mother's Day U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at U.S. ports of entry are busy making sure that flower imports are free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries of the United States.

Agents are reminding border crossers who plan to import flowers and plants from Mexico to advise their florist that the arrangements are destined for U.S. delivery.

Mom’s day is a day for celebrating the women who make the world go round. We owe a lot to mothers like Grandma Moses, Indira Gandhi, Rita Moreno, Rosie O’Donnell, Toni Morrison and Michelle Obama, to just name a few famous moms. But the most important mom is the one we each have.

Though I can’t call my mom on my cell anymore, I am still relishing the times I laughed with her over a crossword puzzle, and enjoyed homemade spaghetti and meatballs with her. Most of all, I remember her smile and the delight she felt her children’s successes like no failing marks on the report card, the first speech and the first trip to camp.

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