A promise to my mother

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a promise to my mother

Promises I Made My Mother by Sam Haskell

What would my mother say? How would she want me to handle this situation? How can I make this tough decision and stay true to myself?

What would my mother say?

Sam Haskell still asks himself these questions every day.

When Haskell was young, his devoted mother, Mary, instilled in her son the values of character, faith, and honor by setting an example and asking him to promise to live his life according to her lessons. He did, and those promises have served Haskell consistently from his Mississippi boyhood to his long career at the venerable William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills.

In this inspiring memoir full of touching stories and amusing anecdotes, Haskell reveals how he kept his pledge to his mother to live a decent life–even in the shark-infested waters of Hollywood, where he handled the hottest stars and packaged the highest-rated shows–by refusing to become the cliche of an amoral agent. Here is Haskell as a child in Amory, Mississippi (pop. 7,000), discovering the power of hope as he waits for an unlikely visit from the “Cheer Man” (a representative of the detergent company who gave ten dollars to anyone using the brand), learning humility after pursuing an eighth-grade “Good Citizenship” award he cockily assumed he’d win, confronting the complications of human character when a near-fatal car crash exposed his judgmental father’s true nature.

Years later, in Hollywood, Haskell would rely on his mother’s teachings–honesty, self-reliance, and belief in God–as he swiftly rose from the William Morris mailroom to eventually become the company’s Worldwide Head of Television. His capacity for friendship and his insistence on living his version of the Golden Rule (being “thoughtfully political”) allowed him to handle various client crises and the tense negotiations that nearly scuttled the last years of Everybody Loves Raymond and the entire existence of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Haskell has achieved success through self-respect, and from his story we learn how we, too, can maintain our dignity when faced with life’s challenges. This stirring memoir is a testament to mothers everywhere who instill in their sons the lasting values they need to become good men and devoted fathers.
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Sam Haskell

A Promise to My Mother

As an educator working in a first grade classroom, I watched in horror on December 14, , as the images of Sandy Hook flashed across my phone, my television screen, my Facebook and Twitter feeds. As someone who grew up in Newtown, I watched in shock, and then enormous sadness, as I saw the images of my beautiful town, my schools, and my church. My mother, Peggy Gloria, is a retired paraeducator from the Newtown school system. I told her, now, now is the time to do something. My school district had a lock down drill shortly after December 14th. As I stood in my first grade classroom with my colleague during the drill, I remember the two of us talking about how we thought we could fit all 17 of our students in the classroom closet if we needed to.

I am a mother. I hold a very important role, I live for a very noble purpose. I am revered, I am looked up to, I am celebrated and I am worshiped. The gifts are on the shelf at every big and small, real and virtual shop. Mothers are thinking about what they want, and the family is thinking about what to give to the mom to make her feel special. Motherhood for me is my highest calling. Being a mother is my deepest blessing and to have my little one as my daughter is my biggest achievement.

I never thought the day would come. The day when I would put the play-dough, paint sets, barbie dolls, and coloring books away. The day I would pack up all my things into the back of my car and drive off into my future. But as I write this, I have 20 days until that day I never thought would come is here. My heart is racing from excitement.


Next Poem. Losing a mother is a very painful experience. It may get easier with time, but some days I just break down and cry because things would have been so different if she were present. My mom Read complete story. You were my world, My inspiration and my heart, But when you left me, I thought I would fall apart. You were my best friend, My one true confidant, And that's not all you were.


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