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Happy Mother’s Day! I realize it was Sunday, but the sentiment lingers. (For me, anyway.)

I had a wonderful day with my children, and was showered with affection and attention. I have to say that I really enjoy this annual day of reversing the roles. My children are very generous people, but let’s face it, when it comes to doling out the TLC, that’s really a mother’s department.

Swedish writer Ellen Key is the author of a particular favorite quote of mine on motherhood. She wrote:   “The mother is the most precious possession of the nation, so precious that society advances its highest well-being when it protects the functions of the mother.”

Think about it. Mothers literally nurture each new generation. My mom was a college-educated home-maker who was there whenever and wherever we needed her. No matter my project or endeavor, she was there to support me.

But, not all kids are so fortunate. I want to be sure to give a special Mother’s Day shout-out to all those in society who have stepped up to take a mother’s role when a child — through no fault of his or her own — doesn’t have the kind of mother who is able or willing to provide the “nurturing” that every child deserves. Be it a special aunt, a friend’s mother or a single dad who needs to be both father and mother to his children, these are special people.

The positive power of a mother’s encouragement is almost limitless.

I treasure my role as a mother, and know that what I’ve learned from this “position” has informed a lot of what I do in my position as CEO of Clearfield. It’s a deft and delicate balancing act. On one hand, we want the best for our charges. On the other hand, we must continually expect more from them.

In my opinion, great mothers, like great leaders, are role models who aspire to always provide a clear and positive path. (Occasionally, I suppose a stern look comes in handy too.)

P.S.  Look out Dads. I’ll have my two cents to add in June when Father’s Day rolls in.