As we celebrate Mother’s Day, I want to recognize all the Benchmark moms among us – residents, family members and associates – who have guided, inspired and cared for their families, despite typically “burning the candle at both ends” to manage the torrent of daily needs.
And to our mothers, whether your children are grown or still in diapers, we want to acknowledge how you inspire and transform lives – our lives – through meaningful human connection and hugs!
Each year when this day approaches, I’m reminded of my own mother and the inspiration she was to our family and, especially, to me.
While raising four children ranging in ages spanning 16 years, my mother was an active volunteer, including chairing the Fairfield, Conn., Board of Recreation, heading the PTA and founding and leading an important local Save Our Sports campaign when the school district threatened deep budget cuts. (The campaign succeeded!)
Starting my sophomore year in high school, mom served as a career counselor, advising my fellow students on their college and career choices. My memories of seeing her walk the halls of Roger Ludlowe High School are rekindled each time I visit Sturges Ridge of Fairfield, our new community set to open in September. It is right next door to my high school!
Mom was a real force in town, and my friends lovingly called her “the tiger.” She had charisma, presence and a dynamic personality. Of this I’m certain - in a different generation, Lee Grape could have been a CEO! How very grateful I am for the love and influence she showered on me.
To all our Benchmark moms on Mother’s Day and every day – thank you for transforming lives through human connection in your most important role: Mom.