My mom is the mommiest

       By Steve Cichon

On this Mother’s Day and every day, its pretty clear that my mom’s been taking pretty good care of me for a long time (that couch notwithstanding) but I’m only one in a long line.

There were two sides of these cushions, both equally uncomfortable. You can see the rough burlapy material– but flip them, and it was very rubbery (and noisy) brown imitation leatherette. The naugahyde squeaked every time you even flinched. Dad’s Marine Corps “STEVE +” tattoo hanging out. Also, pack of Parliaments clearly visible in the ol’man’s pocket.

She was like another mom as big sister to a handful of her six siblings, and was like another mother to a handful of their kids as well.

She has wonderful, unique relationships with my brother, sister, and me… and loves what’s special about each of us.

Mom is also one of the toughest people I know— as a breast cancer survivor and a 25 year Lupus patient, always taking it as it comes, and often providing support for others dealing with her medical issues as much as she helps herself.

She’s pretty great! 

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.