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Mothers around town share the wisdom they're acquired over the years

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Jane Reid and her sons Will and Matt Warkentin are pictured during 1987.In honor of Mother's Day on Sunday, May 14, the Estacada News spoke to several moms around town about what being a parent means to them and the wisdom they've acquired while raising children.

Estacada News: What's the most rewarding part of being a parent?

Jane Reid: The most rewarding part of being a parent hit me after my sons Will and Matt left home for college and jobs and lovely wives — it gradually became clear that their dad and I must have done an amazingly good job because they are now such wonderful, funny, kind, happy young men.

EN: What's the most important thing being a mother has taught you?

Paulina Martinez: There is no perfect recipe to being a good mom, the only thing you need is unconditional love.

Reid: Unconditional love works! Also, beware of the adage about giving your children wings. We did that and they flew away to New York and San Francisco.

EN: What does being a mother mean to you?

Gayle Watts: Receiving the greatest gift I could have ever hoped for, to experience perfect unconditional love.

EN: What's the most important thing being a mother has taught you?

Paulina Menchaca: We do not remember days, we remember moments.

EN: What's your favorite part of being a parent?

Watts: There is no better joy in this world like the pure love of a child and the love you get to give back.