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Mayor Vincent Gray encourages all residents to wish mothers a Happy Mother's Day

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Mother’s Day 2014 was a beautiful day in Petworth as the neighborhood experienced 80 degree weather and bright sunshine. The weather was pretty. The flowers were in bloom and Mother's Day balloons were everywhere. Pepe was hard at work at the CVS/pharmacy across from the Georgia Avenue Petworth Metro Station, as flower vendors sold roses for Mother's Day and residents picked up Mother’s Day cards.

Mayor Vincent Gray encouraged all residents to remember to wish their mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. “As we pause today to celebrate the women who have given us life, nurtured us, taught us, cared for us and loved us, I hope District residents will honor those who have been like a mother to them,” Gray said.

It was a beautiful day for a walk through the neighborhood to wish and to greet all residents with a Happy Mother's Day. They all said, "Happy Mother's Day." The walk across the Petworth community showed that many families observed the time honored tradition of recognizing the dedication and hard work that mothers provide in a lifetime of taking care of their child.

The Petworth community is a harmonious blend of African-Americans, Hispanics, and European-Americans who all live side by side. Mothers were observed leaving family gatherings carrying balloons that said, "Happy Mother's Day!" The writer greeted each neighbor with the same greeting and one said, "If I don't see you before June 15th, Happy Father's Day to you!" Having lived in the Petworth Community for nearly a quarter of a century, this Mother's Day, your customer service reporter has found that the community has only grown more beautiful over the past 25 years.

It is bigger than Mayberry and it is just as pleasant. After walking two miles and passing more mothers and mothers to be, the return walk home brought more mothers who had gathered to talk on the street. They laughed and greeted each other as the writer waved and passed by. After wishing a Happy Mother's Day to neighbors across the community it was time to make the walk down Georgia Avenue past the Petworth Laundry and the Petworth Library. It was time for the traditional Mother’s Day dinner celebrated for the past 25 years at home.

“I, like many of our residents, was blessed with a strong and caring mother who taught me the value of hard work, education, compassion and justice. But I also learned these lessons along the way from many other dedicated and formidable women who helped me grow into a man who values service to one’s neighbors and community. So, to all of the District’s mothers and mother figures, I thank you for all the many valuable gifts you have given to us and wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!” Gray said.

There is still time to pick up the phone and to give a mother or someone who has been like a mother a call to wish them a Happy Mother’s Day.

Happy Mother’s Day, America.

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