A little less than a year ago, I stumbled upon The McLovins and appropriately the first members of the band I met were the mothers. Three amazing women with a shared love of music and a desire to help their kids to fulfill the dream of being a band, the McMom's are a force of nature.
Chance are, the first thing you'll see when you walk into a McLovins show is one of the moms.. whether it's keeping tabs on the sound guy, or manning the merchandise table, they are always there, supporting and urging their kids on. They walk the fine line between a parent and a pal, skillfully using their strengths to take much of the pressure off the band, leaving the guys free to do their jobs.
They manage the band, they run the merchandise sales, the research all the venues, they watch hours of YouTube and read endless bios, they are part-time cheerleaders, hula-hoop coaches, sandwich makers, taskmasters when required, and confidants when all is needed is someone who will listen. Always approachable and always ready to talk about their kids, they do the jobs no one else will.
So on this Mother's Day, I think it's time you got some recognition, toiling in the shadows you have allowed your kids to live their dreams and for that we owe you thanks, through your work and sacrifice we have been given the gift of this band. Now I haven't forgotten the other half of your team, the fathers, but that's a story for a June day.. today it's all for you. Deb, Carol and Deb, I love you all, no way to really thank you for all you've done, but you do get the pleasure of watching your children live their dreams, to become the men you've always known they'd become. For a mother, I don't think there can be a greater gift than this.
"Men are what their mothers made them."