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Caitlin Turina salutes her mom, JoAnn Turina.

POSTED May 11, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

When I was a little girl, I loved to watch Disney movies.  One of my all-time favorites was Cinderella, the idea of a fairy godmother coming to rescue was so amazing to me.  As an adult I learned that fairy godmothers do exist, except they go by "mom." 
So much has changed since last Mother's Day including the birth of my second son, Zachary.  When it was time for Zachary's arrival, my mother took my first son, Anthony, while I was in the hospital allowing my husband and me to share this special time.  

My father, she, and Anthony would drive an hour to the hospital to visit and to bring us things we needed.  When we came home she help us adjust to life with two kids under the age of three.
When it came time for me to return to work, living so far away from home, I had to put Zachary in daycare.  As with Anthony, Zachary contracted all the plagues of daycare. It got to the point if someone with a cold looked at him he would catch it. 

I would call my mother to express my frustration and she was always there for me offering advice or just letting me vent. 

She even watched him some days for us so I could keep him out of daycare longer to fully recuperate.  When staying at her house, my mother would get up with Zachary when he would wake during the night to let me catch up on some much needed sleep. 
A lot has changed for my mother as well.  At the end of the school year in June 2014 my mother retired from her career as a teacher at Torrington High School.  Whenever I thought of retirement I thought of lots of naps, going on trips, taking walks in orthopedic shoes, and catching the early bird special at the local diner. 

For my mom it's anything but that.  

Her weekdays are spent watching my nephew Vinny before he goes to preschool and her weekends are spent having Sunday dinners with everyone to make sure she's spending as much time as she can with her grandchildren.  

She has become extremely knowledgeable in the subjects dinosaurs, ninja turtles, super heroes, and Lego building.
Growing up I always knew I had an exceptional mother.  Having a chance to see her through my boy's eyes made me realize just how special she truly is.  When something exciting happens to Anthony, the first thing he wants to do is call and tell Guya (what she's known as to the grandchildren). 

When Zachary sees her walk into a room his face lights up and he shrieks with excitement.  I cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for our family.  One thing I know for sure is that my mother will be there for the good times, the silly times, the tough times, and everything else in between.
Happy Mother's Day Mommy, you are loved more then you'll ever know!

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