Happy Mother’s Day to all! This holiday holds particular meaning to many of us as we all weather this pandemic by pulling our family closer and tighter. I am still in Chicago with my 92-year-old mother, Angela Piazza Turley. We will be celebrating today on Zoom with the rest of the family.
I appreciate all of the prayers and wishes from readers about my mother over the last month. While she has been in hospice at our family home on the Northside, she has rallied and much improved over these weeks. It has meant a lot to me to spend this time with her and see her grow stronger by the day. She is a tough Sicilian and has pulled herself back through an exercise of sheer will. My mother raised five kids while spending her life as a community organizer, President of Jane Addams Hull House, and co-founder of a variety of public interest organizations and projects fighting slum landlords, political corruption, and poverty.
I wish I could be in Virginia with my wife on this day but the kids have been planning for this day in my absence.
I hope all of our mothers have a wonderful and relaxing day today.