t’s surreal to celebrate Mother’s Day alongside my own mother these days. When my sisters and I were growing up, the attention was all on our mom for Mother’s Day. Now we are grown with our own children, and we are celebrating it together, with my mom holding the infamous title of GRAMMY!

To the Twindigs, Grammy is a master Lego builder, a comfy chair they can lay on, and simply their Grammy. I have to remind them that she was my Mommy first! And a tough one, no doubt. My mom is the epitome of “tough love.” She has never been the affectionate, hugs-and-kisses type of mom, but she shows her love in a million other ways. She has opened her house to foster children since I was in the seventh grade. She was tough on us all, but she would always say, “It’s a tough world,” and she was right!

I didn’t see it as a big deal back then, my parents bringing in foster children, but it really is. That’s a selfless love, when you see a need in someone else, and you are compelled to fulfill it if it is at all in your power to do so. That’s a transformational love – much more powerful than affection, it’s backed by transformational action that changes someone’s life for good. You know what they say, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish, feed him for life.”