Mother's Day is this weekend and if you don't have anything yet for your mom, then you have about 48 hours to order those flowers, buy that gift or make reservations for lunch or dinner. Mother's Day is this Sunday in case you have forgotten!

I have compiled a few quotes by some famous and not-so-famous folks who have things to say about either their mother or mothers in general. I hope you find them as interesting as I did.

1. Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love. — Mildred B. Vermonth

2. If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. — Henry Bickersteth

3. Mother — that was the bank where we deposited all of our hurts and worries.

4. A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. — Tenneva Jordan

5. By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class. — Anne Morrow Lindberg

6. A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. — Victor Hugo

7. The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom. — Irish proverb

8. A man's work is from sun to sun... but a mother's work is never done. — Anonymous

9. The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother never. A mother is something absolutely new. — Anonymous

10. I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. — Abraham Lincoln

11. Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than the natural laws. — Barbara Kingsolver

12. My mother never gave up on me. I messed up in school so much they were sending me home but my mother kept sending me back. — Denzel Washington

13. When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. — Sophia Loren

14. My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. — George Washington

15. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his. — Oscar Wilde

16. In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could. If I have done anything in my life worth attention, I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother. — Booker T. Washington

17. My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier you will be a general. If you become a monk, you will be pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. — Pablo Picasso

18. Mama was the greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. — Stevie Wonder

19. Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories. — John Wilmont

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and particularly to mine!


A couple of exciting events are on tap this weekend in Cumberland County. Ms. Cam's Studio's spring recital is Saturday over at Stone Memorial High School auditorium. This is the 11th recital installment in Ms. Cam's comprehensive dance program. Two shows are scheduled for Saturday. The matinee is slated to begin at 2 and the evening performance at 6:30.

This year's theme, "From Past to Present... We've Only Just Begun," will highlight dance, music and other notable events from the 20th century all through the talent and energy of 125 students from ages three to adult. Dancers will display their talent in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, creative movement and even Zumba. The show is choreographed by instructors Cameron Hill, Kiersten Mays, Sarah Gibson, Susan Pew and Anna Hill.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or at Ms. Cam's Studio on 56 S. Main Street in downtown Crossville. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.


Also on tap this weekend is Coming Home, a benefit concert for the Cumberland County Playhouse. Past alumni and current company members will present a special benefit concert Saturday night at 7:30. Scheduled to appear are Julie Ann Emery, a Cumberland County native who has appeared in television and feature films; former Miss America/vocalist Kellye Cash; singer/songwriter Bobby Taylor; and Jeremy Benton of the Broadway and national tour of 42nd Street. The performance is conceived, produced and hosted by Broadway and Playhouse stage manager Bryce McDonald. Tickets are $50 and may be obtained by contacting the Playhouse box office.


Congratulations to Cumberland County High School seniors Nikki Wood and Jeff Flack. They were named as Prom King and Queen during festivities on the CCHS campus. Senior Jessica Harley, daughter of Mary Harley and Mike Harley, was the winner of the 2009 Prom Promise drawing at CCHS sponsored by the TAD Center.


Speaking of the TAD Center, it was the recipient of a $1000 grant to boost steroid danger awareness in Cumberland County. The monies were received from the Nashville Predators Foundation.

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