Robert Joe, who serves on the South Pasadena City Council, knows the importance of mothers, noting they “make up a crucial part of our lives,” he told a large gathering in attendance at this year’s Mother’s Day luncheon at the South Pasadena Senior Center.
Joe welcomed those on hand by saying a “mother is like a rare jewel, they love their children during the worst and best of times. It is important to give our love to these dedicated women in our lives and don’t take them for granted.”
Whether it’s giving a Hallmark card, taking her out for dinner or giving a hug or kiss, Joe talked about the importance moms on Mother’s Day. “What I owe my mother is incalculable,” he expressed to those in the crowd, “No one in my growing years nurtured and encourage me more than my mother. “Nor has there been anyone who affirmed me in my early adult years like my mom. My mother had a strong influence on my life and direction.”
The councilmember passed along some quotes from some recognizable people who articulated the importance of moms.
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to may angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
“My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody joys found welcome in it and hospitable accommodation.” – Mark Twain
“Over the years, I learned so much from mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history, and family and tradition.” – Martha Stewart
“Acceptance, tolerance, bravery and compassion. These are the things my mom taught me.” – Lady Gaga
Lunch guests dined on pasta, zucchini Parmesan spears, green salad, squash and sausage, French rolls and dessert.
Liliana Torres, the community services supervisor for the City of South Pasadena, introduced members of the Senior Citizens Foundation of South Pasadena, including board members Richard Helgeson, Liz Giffen-Glad, Barbara Sinclair, Bill Cullinane and Jon Primuth. The foundation sponsored the luncheon.
Clarence Ulrich, who formerly performed with the Drifters and is a frequent guest at Senior Center luncheon, sang a variety of songs – both past and present – the appreciative audience.
For more information about upcoming events at the South Pasadena Senior Center, call (626) 403-7360.