In the United States, Mother’s Day is always on the second Sunday of May, but in countries like Mexico, Mother’s Day is always on May 10, regardless of the day of the week.
The diversity of the men in blue and their deep love for the women who raised them means that at San Quentin, both days are observed.
“Asked On the Line” asked men on the mainline, “What would you say is your mom’s (or the woman who raised you) most beautiful or inspiring characteristic? Did you inherit her trait?
B. Asey: “I would say that my mother’s most beautiful characteristic is her giving nature because she gives until she has nothing for herself. I inherited her trait of giving because I’m the same way.”
Z. Moore: “My mother’s most inspiring characteristic is her ability to reinvent herself during adversity. This same trait has enabled me to have the courage to change my character and life to reflect my true self.
M. Dickman: “Her ability to see the good in everyone. No, I did not inherit that trait.”
M. Sahnuun: “Her strength in the face of many difficulties. That strength has helped me deal with the years of incarceration.”
J. Flores: “She loves to laugh and dance. She can be serious when the situation calls for it. She can mourn when there is loss. But she prefers to live life with joy. I did inherit this trait, but it is difficult to keep it up in prison.”
J. Martinez: “My mother was a loving person, and I send her my most deepest regards from San Quentin.”
M. James: “To love and respect other people as you do yourself. To never show self-hate because that will never become you. You reap what you sow. God bless you, Mom. RIP!”
R.A. Johnson: “To see and respect people for who they are and not who she wanted or expected them to be. I’d like to think I inherited her traits.”
M. Gomez: “My mother was a peaceful person. I send my loving regards to her and her family. I wish her peace and happiness.”
M. Carter: “I’m happy that we love each other and can be open about any and every thing.”
V. Gomez: “I was blessed with a good mother. I send my most sincere regards to my beloved mother. God bless her.”