Reporting on A Great Mother’s Day With My Mom

Time to reflect on what a great day I had with my mother, Sallie White Daniels and family ack in my hometown of Richmond, Va.

RICHMOND, Va.– Mother’s Day is supposed to be about honoring mothers.  But, even as I reflect on Mother’s Day 2013, I can’t help but say how memorable THIS ONE will be.

For many people, Mother’s Day is a Greeting Card day, a phone call of a holiday.  For the first time in more than a decade, I was able to be HOME to celebrate Mother’s Day WITH MY MOTHER, Sallie Daniels,  in PERSON.

The weather here in VIrginia’s Capital City was PERFECT– time for a photo of mom in our garden outside our Richmond home.

This is my mom next to hear 2013 garden where the lavender plants match her Mother’s Day outfit. The recent rainy Richmond weather has been a good thing for our garden.


Today’s worship service gave me an opportunity to see so many mothers  and mother figures at my beloved First African Baptist Church who played a major role in my development as both a child and a young adult.

Courtesy:First African Baptist Church
Courtesy:First African Baptist Church

Before a service of Holy Communion, my home pastor, Dr. Rodney Waller reminded us about “The Philosophy of a Mother’s Faith.”  He based his message on the first five verses of  the fifth chapter of First John.  Because our mother’s faith was instilled in us,  there are  THREE THINGS we as Christians know for sure:

  1. If you love Christ, you are a child of God.
  2. If you’re a child of God, you ought to love each other  (we’re not in this world alone)
  3. If you’re a child of God, you ought to ACT like a child of God living out the commandments of God

While these points weren’t earth-shattering, they certainly were important to place in the context what I believe based on the foundation laid by my mother. No one can put it quite like Dr. Rodney Waller can.

One of my schoolmates from Thomas Jefferson High School, Lynette Archer Brownlee ministered a rendition of Tamela Mann’s “Take Me to the King” and that just topped off a beautiful Mother’s Day Service, a MEMORABLE Mother’s Day Service.

It’s been a few years since my younger brother and I were both here on Mother’s Day and able to sit next to our Aunt Zora Royster in church.

But, this Mother’s Day was not over yet.


With a cool breeze blowing off the lake behind my cousin’s home,  the weather was perfect for grilling out and enjoying a Mother’s Day barbeque with mom and the rest of my family.

PHOTO OP with THE MOTHERS in MY FAMILY– Mom (Sallie Daniels), my cousin Ivette Royster and my aunt Zora Royster

As much as I love the folks back in Alabama,  there is NO PLACE LIKE HOME.

I can’t wait to come back later this summer for more rest and relaxation.

Happy Mother’s Day Mommy!

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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