The month of April has flown by and before you know it May will be here. With May comes graduations and summer vacations. Mothers and fathers around the state are mentally preparing themselves to see their babies walk across that stage and graduate.

With that being said, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it's important to reflect and be thankful to all the mothers out there. It is during this month that I am profoundly grateful for my father who has been on double duty all of my life. I did not understand his dedication, nor did I appreciate his efforts until I became an adult. Raising a child is not an easy task, but raising a child alone as a young father is that much more difficult. As a child, I dreaded Mother’s day, not having a mother left me feeling left out. With age comes wisdom they say. Well, I realized I'd had a mother all along. He may not have been the best at styling my hair or showing affection and my clothes may have consisted of only khaki and hunter green for two school years, but he was there trying. I am thankful for the lessons, for our growth and most of all that he chose to stick it out with me.

My happy thoughts go out to all the parents pulling double duty who deserve to be celebrated.

— Cinthia Rico is a staff writer for the Times-Journal. She can be reached at

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