In honour of Mother’s Day, former US First Lady Michelle has a beautiful message for her mother, Marian Shields Robinson.
Alongside a sweet picture of three generations of women, daughters, Malia and Sasha, herself and her mom, Michelle says “she’s (Marian) always listened more than she lectured; observed more than she demonstrated. In doing so, she allowed me to think for myself and develop my own voice.”
Read Michelle’s message to her mother:
“Growing up, every time I’d come home from school with a story to share, my mother was there with a snack and a listening ear to hear about what was on my mind. When I came home with a tale about my disastrous second-grade classroom, she marched into the school to figure out what was going on. And as I grew older, including up through my years as First Lady, she was always there for me as a guiding light through whatever fog was clouding my path. She’s always listened more than she lectured; observed more than she demonstrated. In doing so, she allowed me to think for myself and develop my own voice.
“From an early age, she saw that I had a flame inside me, and she never tempered it. She made sure that I could keep it lit. Mom, thank you for kindling that fire within me, and for your example as a mother and a grandmother to our girls. We would never be who we are today without you. #HappyMothersDay, Mom. Love you.”
Meanwhile, President Obama also sent a Mother’s Day message to his wife. He calls the “perfect role model not just for our daughters, but for so many others.”