How Do Moms Do All They Do?

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Mother’s Day is Sunday — the one day of the year set aside to honor the most arguably important person in our lives — the person who carried us for nine months and brought us into this world.

Just where would we be without Mom? Who would have been there to change our diapers, wipe our runny noses and make sure we were dressed and ready for school? Who would have put meals on the table, washed our clothes, darned our socks and taken care of our little “owies”? Certainly not Dad. Not my dad, anyway.

I think it’s sometimes easy, especially for us males, to take motherhood for granted and assume that our busy, manly-man jobs are so much more difficult (and important) than the job of being a mom.

Seven years ago, one of country music’s biggest bands of the last two decades released a song called “Mr. Mom.” It tells the tale of a father who thinks being a stay-at-home mom is a piece of cake — that is, until he and his wife switch roles.

The song begins with the father losing his job. His wife tells him that she’ll go to work until he can find another — to which he says, “I like the sound of that, watch TV and take long naps, go from a working dad to being Mr. Mom.”

As you can probably guess, it doesn’t take our unemployed dad long to realize that managing the house and taking care of the couple’s young children is no walk in the park. He soon discovers “Pampers melt in the Maytag dryer, bubble gum in the baby’s hair and sweet potatoes in his lazy chair.”

Mr. Mom finds himself chauffeuring his kids to football, soccer and ballet, along with squeezing in Scouts and the PTA. He wonders, “How much smoke can one stove make, the kids won’t eat my charcoal cake — it’s more than any man can take. And it’s only Monday!”

By the end of the song, Mr. Mom has found a new appreciation for the hard work his wife puts in just being a stay-at-home mother. “Balancin’ checkbooks, jugglin’ bills, thought there was nothin’ to it. Baby, now I know how you feel, what I don’t know is how you do it. Honey, you’re my hero!”

This week’s music trivia question is: Who is the country music group, with lead singer Richie McDonald, who recorded the 2004 No. 1 hit, “Mr. Mom?” Is it A) The Mavericks, B) Diamond Rio, C) Lonestar, or D) Daddy And The Derelicts?

Be the sixth caller this week and have the correct answer and you’ll have no reason not to take a mom to lunch or dinner this Mother’s Day. Tiny’s Family Restaurant owners, Teresa and Chris Sellis, have generously donated a $20 gift certificate to this week’s music trivia winner.

Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Can you complete the end of the following lyrics from Jan & Dean’s “The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena),” in which Granny drives a little too fast down her local road?

Everybody’s sayin’ that there’s nobody meaner,

Than the little old lady from Pasadena.

She drives real fast and she drives real hard,

She’s the terror of ...

Was the correct ending: A) Sax Fifth Avenue, B) Primrose Lane, C) Sesame Street, or D) Colorado Boulevard ?

The correct answer was Colorado Boulevard.

Congratulations to last week’s first-time winner, Aaron Chernov, who won a CD of 20 great “car” songs.

A little about this week’s winner: Aaron was born in Phoenix and grew up in Scottsdale. After graduating from Scottsdale High School in 1980, he ventured to Alaska for the next nine years of his life. He then moved to Las Vegas to accept a job as a union wirer.

Through a mutual friend, Aaron met Teresa, whom he asked to join him on their first date to picturesque Mt. Charleston. I asked Aaron what he most remembered about their first date, to which he smiled and said, “Teresa made baloney sandwiches for our picnic lunch ... and I hate baloney sandwiches!” But the baloney must have had some magic in it, as the couple continued dating and were soon wed.

Aaron and Teresa moved to Payson in 2002 and have now been married for almost nine years. They have a daughter, Macie, who is in seventh grade at the Payson Christian School. Macie has been a past music trivia winner.

Aaron’s interests include fishing and attending the Church of Christ Church with his family. He enjoys listening to southern rock, blues and jazz and his three favorite artists are the Beach Boys, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Lastly, new pictures that I have added to my Web site are from last Saturday’s Todd Turlukis-Christina Lefler wedding held east of town, near the fish hatchery. Todd owns his own handyman business and Christine works as an ultrasound tech at Payson Regional Medical Center.

Happy Mother’s Day, moms!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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