Moms are the unsung heroes of everyday life—the ones who hold things together and make things happen, always with a smile. Seven ALL YOU readers share stories of the amazing moms and grandmothers who have made a difference in their lives—and the lives of everyone they know!
Inspiring Teacher: Kathy Adams
"My mom retired from teaching two years ago to care for her mother and future grandkids. She had in her head a picture of the life she'd live. But things have not worked out that way, so she painted a new picture."
Her generosity knows no limits
"She is constantly giving of herself. It's just a part of her nature. She gave a student's parent, who was having a hard time, money to pay an electric bill. She brought in clothes for the students who needed them. Anything that she could do for somebody, she would."
She is a life-long teacher and educator
"She has been an educator for nearly 40 years as a teacher and principal. After she retired and her mother passed away, she went back to the classroom, filling in during a teacher's maternity leave. I saw my mom uncertain about her abilities for the first time, but she didn't give in to second thoughts. She has stuck with it, and not only did she teach her new students something, she taught her fellow teachers, too."
She loves animals
"Instead of grandkids she got a dog, named Buddy, whom she loves. Both my sister and I would like to have kids, but it just hasn't happened yet. For now, Buddy gives her a purpose and needs her, and that is precious."
She inspires others with her actions
"My mom has always had a soft spot for students who had a rough life. She never saw them as bad kids, just kids who needed some love. She treated them like they were her own. Not only has she inspired a long list of her former students to become teachers, she also has my sister and me following in her amazing footsteps."
Nominated by her daughter, Angie Adams, 33, Hendersonville, Tenn.