Happy Mother’s Day


Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers — biological, adoptive, foster, step, surrogate, grandmothers, greatgrandmothers, mothers-in-law,  etc.  Today is the day to thank your mother especially those who are loving and supportive. My own biological mother Fumiko died last August, 2015 so this is the first Mother’s Day without her presence on Earth.

Today we should reflect on motherhood, about our own mothers and for those of us who are mothers as well.

It is coincidentally the 20th anniversary of the day my beloved father Dr. Francis Sugiyama died, so this is a special day for me.

Being a mother is probably one of the best experiences of my life, and I am grateful for the fortune of being a mother to my wonderful son. Many of my friends are single, gay, divorced, or infertile — without children, and sadly do not know the extreme joy of birthing and guiding a child human being to adulthood. And of course there are those women who purposely chose not to have children, due to a number of personal reasons. Raising a child(ren) is very hard, rewarding work, and definitely not a task for all.

Celebrate motherhood today.  And cherish your loving mother.

And as I write these words, I want to extend my sincerest condolences to the children and grandchildren of former District 1 Pima County Supervisor Ann Day, who was killed suddenly yesterday in a car accident on Ina Rd.  She served 12 years on that board and 10 years before that as an Arizona State Senator.  Ann’s death is a vivid reminder of how precious and short life can be.  Very tragic to die a day before Mother’s Day 2016.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    • thanks Anita. None of us know how long we have left here on Earth. I don’t think Ann knew she wasn’t going to live beyond yesterday. Life is precarious that way. Happy Mother’s Day to you too.

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