Celebrating moms in the Midstate

HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s a day to celebrate mom: a day to reflect, to remember, to rejoice.

Sunday at Hershey Gardens, moms got in free.

Whatever you call her, this is her day.

“Three generations today, that’s a real treat,” said Deb Allison-Logan, touring the blooms with her mom and daughter.

What is a mom?

“How can you sum up what a mom is?” Amber Blake laughed alongside her mom, Linda.

“A mom is love,” Kelly Enders said, visiting the gardens with her mom, Shirley Grumbine; her husband Jason and his mom, Maryann Boyer; and the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Alaina. “Which sounds cheesy, but that’s what it is.”

“Of course, your guardian, your best friend,” Blake added.

“I think a mom is someone who puts their children before anything else in their life, like my wife does,” said Ron Rinaldi, walking with his wife Jennifer and two of their kids.

A mom is support.

“She is there for you always,” Allison-Logan said.

“Disciplinarian sometimes,” Blake said with a laugh.

“She teaches you everything that you should do in the proper way,” Jason Enders said. “And that’s my mom.”

“She raised me to always be driven and focus on having a career,” Allison-Logan’s daughter, Abigail, said.

Can she be embarrassing sometimes? Sure.

“She takes a lot of pictures,” Jennifer Rinaldi’s 13-year-old daughter Emily said. “A lot.”

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The singing and dancing thing, I think she got that from you,” Abigail told her grandmother. “That’s a generational thing.”

“I don’t think I’m that bad!” Allison-Logan said. “No Beyonce, but…”

A mom gives us goals.

“She’s a hard-working woman, very intelligent, very bright, very loving and very giving,” Allison-Logan said. “She makes me proud every day.”

She gives us pride.

“She was the first African-American valedictorian of her high school right after the schools were integrated,” Blake said. “That just made me immensely proud. I mean, I’m already proud of my mother. She’s already accomplished so much in her life.”

Mom makes us, well, us.

“She’ll always make sure they’re happy before she even thinks about herself,” Ron Rinaldi said.

“Family’s the most important thing in life,” Maryann Boyer said.

“It seemed like life began when she was born,” Linda Blake said. “Aw, Mama,” her daughter Amber responded.

“I think that probably sums it up the best,” Rinaldi said.

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