Florida Voices: Mother’s Day
Around the State
Comments across the Sunshine State for Mother's Day:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott and first lady Ann Scott
“On Sunday, Ann and I, along with all Floridians, will honor mothers of all generations throughout our state. Mothers deserve appreciation for the selfless care and endless amount of love they’ve given each of us.
“In addition, we are grateful to the many women who have extended their families by welcoming a foster child into their hearts and their homes. Thank you for providing safe and loving homes for these children in need.
“We also want to recognize the many families who are unable to be together for Mother’s Day due to a loved one’s service to our country as a member of the armed forces and the Florida National Guard. We pray for their safety and comfort during this time of separation.
“To the mothers throughout Florida, we extend our appreciation for the love and support you provide to Florida’s children. We send our warmest wishes for a Mother’s Day filled with love and appreciation.”
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Miami
“Our mothers are our first nurses, they’re our first doctors, they’re our first teachers, they’re our role models. Our lives become the purpose of theirs.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City
"As we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, I pray that you’ll join me in reflecting upon the tremendous contributions that our mothers have made to help build each of us into the people we are today.
"In fact, I often refer to my mom as my “Senior Adviser,” as she continues to provide me with wise counsel when it’s needed most. I am blessed to have her in my life. To Mary Sue Southerland and all of the moms across America, Happy Mother’s Day!"
Florida Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City
“Don't wait, get your Mother's Day cards.” (In a tweet.)
Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater
"President Ronald Reagan said, 'From our mothers, we first learn about values and caring and the difference between right and wrong.' Each of us has a mother, grandmother or someone who is like a mother in our lives who guides and shapes our character. My mother instilled those very
important character-building qualities in me, just as my wife, Carole, does with our four children. A mother’s strength lifts us up when we feel as if we can go no further, and her love inspires us to achieve the seemingly impossible. She encourages us to aim high, take the right path and exemplify what it means to be a good citizen.
“On Sunday, we celebrate generations of tenacious mothers who have guided our great nation to what it is today. The history of this holiday speaks volumes about how integral mothers have been in the shaping of our nation. Having witnessed the destruction of the Civil War, writer and activist Julia Ward Howe called upon the mothers of both the North and South to protest further bloodshed between their sons. In her Mother’s Day Proclamation of 1870, she called for an international Mother’s Day celebrating peace and motherhood. It wasn’t until President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation in 1914 that the second Sunday in May was officially designated as Mother’s Day.
“Although we dedicate one day to the admiration and celebration of mothers, let us remember to show them our appreciation and love every day. To all the mothers who fill our lives with joy and who make this world a better place, I wish you a blessed day.”
Teresa Jacobs, Orange County Mayor
"Mother's Day is a time when we celebrate and honor our mothers, the foundation of our families.
"My mother was an inspirational role model whose generosity and unconditional love taught me that no dream is beyond my reach.
"Join me this weekend in acknowledging the women who have cared for us, shaped our values and improved our lives."
President Barack Obama
“If you're lucky enough to get to marry your best friend, you'll know what I'm talking about.
“Michelle amazes me every day, and in the years we've been together nothing inspires me more than watching her be a mom to our two girls.
“Each of us has amazing women in our lives who give us strength and encouragement, and no matter what we do on Mother's Day, it never seems like enough.
“This year, I wanted to try something a little different. I know Michelle treasures every single person who is part of this movement we've built, so I'm hoping each of you will sign my card to her today. It'll mean a lot to her.
“Will you join me in wishing Michelle a happy Mother's Day?
“Thanks, and happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.”
Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
“Cherish your mothers. The ones who wiped your tears, who were at every ball game or ballet recital. The ones who believed in you, even when nobody else did, even when maybe you didn’t believe in yourself.
“Women wear many hats in their lives. Daughter, sister, student, breadwinner. But no matter where we are or what we’re doing, one hat that moms never take off is the crown of motherhood.
“There is no crown more glorious.”
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin
"This will be my first Mother's Day without my son, Trayvon. On Sunday, I'm going to say a prayer for other mothers across America who share this unbearable pain. Just like me, 30,000 mothers lost their children this year to senseless gun violence. Nobody can bring our babies back, but it would bring us some comfort if we can spare other mothers the pain that we will feel on this Mother's Day, and every day for the rest of our lives."