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More Mother's Day Salutes. From Rachel Considine, Caroline Teti and Tammy Ostroski.

POSTED May 09, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

To Susan Considine from your daughter Rachel.

This tribute goes out to my amazing mother, Susan Considine.  To others who know her, she is a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, and friend, but to my sister Kelly and I, she is our beautiful, loving mother.  I knew as a kid that I was a lucky girl, because every accomplishment I ever achieved, my mom was right there to celebrate with me.  Every tough moment I went through, whether in school or sports or life, my mom was always by my side to help me through it.  Although I’ve grown up and moved away from home, I still look forward to talking to my mom on the phone and coming home to visit her, and that will never change.  She and my dad are my biggest supporters in life and I am blessed to have them both as my parents.  Over the years, my mom has taught me countless lessons through her actions, but I would like to share the two that have stood out to me the most.

  1.  Always be selfless.  It takes a lot for a person to put themselves last and take care of everyone else before themselves, but that is exactly what my mom has always done.  From the time Kelly and I were born, we became her #1 priority.  If it made us happy, she was happy, and that is still true to this day.  My sister has gone through some difficult times since getting injured during her senior year of high school.  I know my mom is absolutely heartbroken to see one of her girls have to fight through this pain every single day, but she has always stayed strong and helped in any way she could.  There is no one more supportive and willing to put others first than my mom.  The way she and my dad have dealt with this difficult situation is truly inspiring and I know I am not alone when I say they are real-life heroes.
  1. Never give up and you will succeed.  Having a mom that is so involved in my life means that I always have someone to cheer me on.  If I ever doubted myself or my abilities, my mom would be the first to tell me that I could do it.  Even if the outcome wasn’t always what I hoped for, my mom gave me the courage to do things I didn’t think I could achieve.  She would calm my nerves, give me advice from her experiences, and just let me know that if I gave it my best, I would do great.  If I ever need someone to back me up or give me the confidence to face something, my mom is the one I’ll go to, and now I always know to believe in myself and not let anything stand in my way.  It’s a life lesson that I will never forget.

 These are just a few of the things I’ve learned from my mother - it would take too long to write them all, because there really are too many to count.  I knew as a kid and I am even surer now that I am the luckiest girl to have been given a mom like her.  I don’t know what I would do without her and I look forward to celebrating many more Mother’s Days to come.  

 Mom, I love you so much and can’t thank you enough for what you’ve given me throughout my life.  You truly are the best mother and an amazing role model, and I can only hope that someday, I will become the kind of mother that you are!  You deserve to be celebrated every day of the year, but I am glad to celebrate this Mother’s Day with you and hope you have a wonderful day.  I love you!



Caroline Teti

What I love so much about my mom is that she is so selfless when she encourages me to accept opportunities, that it has shaped me into the kind of person that is willing to try new adventures and put myself out there. It’s a lot easier to hold onto someone than to let them go explore, so I will always be grateful that she has the confidence in me to do that. When I need someone to talk to you can bet she’s the first call I make. To me, my mom means always having someone to share the ups and downs of life with, and I hope that someday I can be as loving and spirited to my own child, as she is to me.

Tammy Ostroski

Every day I realize I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for my Mom. My mother was widowed at age 27 and left with two daughters – one who wanted to play and compete with the boys. I remember asking if I could play Little League baseball because all the boys in the neighborhood were playing on teams and they would wear their team baseball caps. I wanted an Official uniform! I was one of the first girls to be drafted. My mom encouraged me, supported me and never let me realize that as a girl I was not really welcomed or wanted. I am sure there were many comments and arguments she had to face – because of the fact I was a girl – but I never heard any. I really wanted to just play baseball!

She drove me all over New England when I decided I wanted to race BMX with the boys. Once again she never discouraged me because I was a girl. She was thrilled when I got to Middle School and started playing on the girl’s teams. Her support was immense from Little League, High School, College and even the town recreation leagues. She was one of the few Moms that were at every game – cheering loudly even if the rules escaped her!

I am sure back then, I took for granted her presence at every event, but now can really appreciate her effort to be there for me. Her support and guidance during my youth, which I am sure was not easy, encouraged me to be a strong confidant woman. Do not think she agreed with every crazy idea, she did not. My obsession to play high school football was completely out of the question!

At 49, she is still supporting me! I am graduating from Post University on May 7 with my MBA and yes, my Mom will be in the audience watching!   As an adult, I realize the struggles and sacrifices she had to make to raise my sister and me. Looking back, I marvel at how she persevered as a single mom trying to make ends meet.  

Thank you Mom for guiding, supporting and allowing me to become the woman I am today.

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