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Hello everyone. I hope your spring is going well. Our Michigan weather has been mostly dreadful thus far. Hopefully warmer weather is on the way here, and to wherever you call home.

It was a tough past month for me as I underwent a total knee replacement surgery on March 26. As this new issue of the McCarty Metro comes out, I am still off my normal 9-5 job, but I am working hard to get back walking without the need for a walker and/or cane. I want to thank all of my Metro family and everyone who sent me an email or text or call with their well wishes. A very special thank you to my wife Margaret who loved me and took care of me during this entire process. Love you honey!

Thank you also to those who stepped up this month to add contributions to the Metro. This website is very much a team effort, and I appreciate those submissions as I really was not able to work on this due to the medications and physical limitations for several weeks post op. A very big thank you to Jerry, Mike, Gina, Kristen, and Margaret.

I am looking forward to the 7th annual McCarty Metro film contest which will take place in July (our next edition). I hope you all consider making a film this year. If you want to get a little bit of a 'heads up' on the competition, here is some information before the the specific rules come out on July 1.

With summer on the doorstep, it also means travel time. Remember, if you have any vacation plans, submit some of your good times you had with a quick article and pictures for the Metro. Margaret and friends are preparing for their trip to the Grand Hotel on beautiful Mackinac Island in May, and the two of us I are looking forward to our annual trip out to Oregon, along with some other trips sprinkled in for good measure. Of course there will be full reports and pictures right here in upcoming editions of the McCarty Metro.

My Final Thought I wish to leave you with is about Mother's Day. Please remember just how special your Mom has been in your life. Give love and thanks to your Mom for all the love she gave and all the sacrifices she paid to help shape the person you are today on her special day. Enjoy...


Many years ago, a young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his resume' that the youth's academic achievements were excellent. He asked, "Did you obtain any scholarships in school?" the youth answered "no."

"Was it your father who paid for your tuition?" he asked. "My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my schooling" he replied. "Where did your mother work?" the director asked. The young man replied "My mother worked as a clothes cleaner."

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

"Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?" 

"Never... My mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me."

The director said, "I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning."

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tears fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched it.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time. Next morning, the youth went back to the director's office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, when he asked: "Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?"

The youth answered, "I cleaned my mother's hands, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes." "I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family."

The director said, "This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.

"You are hired."

This young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and worked as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.

Here's to Moms, and the sacrifices they make for their kids. And for the kids who love their Mom's.  Cheers!




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