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Doing the Best With What You Have

Harold206 Wrote: Aug 31, 2012 7:50 AM
Great column, Jackie, and your mother isn't the only one with great courage and optimism. You bear your cross very well, and I'm sure you and your sister have played a big role in how well your mother has recovered from her many illnesses.

One of my mother's favorite sayings is to do the best you can with what you have at the time.

She should know.

She was the first in her family to go to college, graduating from Auburn University in three years. She taught high school mathematics at a time when few math teachers were women. As a single mother of two adolescent girls, she encouraged us both through college.

While I was in high school, she dealt with her own mother's failing health. On weekends, she drove two hours each way in Georgia from Carrollton to Columbus to...