CBS 2 celebrates Mother’s Day

CHICAGO (CBS)– Happy Mother’s Day, here are the women we are celebrating this year.

Brad Edwards

“I’ve always been my mother’s baby. Here, cradled in her arms. She always sends me care packages — Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, etc. — treats and a card, to her baby boy I think somewhere in her 20s, I told her, she could relax on the baby Brad act. She never did. And now, somewhere in her 40s, I appreciate it, and her, more than ever.

Marissa Perlman

“Celebrating my mum every year for Mother’s Day is one of my greatest joys – she is without a doubt my favorite person.

Those who don’t know me will soon enough start hearing me share stories about the amazing Susan: mostly because the conversations and adventures we have together could be featured in a sitcom – but also, because there really is no one else like her. She’s strong, thoughtful, brilliant, hilarious, and the first person you want to invite to your next dinner party. There are constant laughs when we are together.


In this career, we move. A lot. Every few years since I was 23, I started over in a new town, on my own. Except that I was never really alone. Without a doubt, my mom was there to make sure I was set up for success (and to make sure my apartment looked cute, too.) Whether it was a small town in upstate New York or a new adventure in Northern California, she showed up and wouldn’t let me give up on a dream I’ve had since I was little. When work got tough, she always picked up the phone (sometimes several times a day). She loves hard work and “doing it”. She always reminded me that nothing good comes easy and gave me the confidence I needed to move forward. I wouldn’t be here to live this dream in my hometown without her.

My mom (and my grandma) always said, “That’s not how you start, that’s how you end.” A Northwestern and Georgetown law graduate, she has been successful in several career paths, including starting her own consulting business. I am in awe of how she is able to constantly reinvent herself. She likes to learn. She is not afraid of challenges, or even to start over. I often wonder if she got that tenacity from my grandfather, who fled Nazi Germany in the late 1930s. He moved to the United States with nothing and: got to work. He too was not afraid to face the unknown. I am blessed to have this example in my life.

This Mother’s Day is special: because after more than a decade of absence, moving from town to town, I am finally home. This year, I am celebrating my mother in person. It is the most beautiful gift. “It’s not how you start. It’s how you end.”

Laura Bannon


“Happy Mother’s Day to my other half, Diane. I really can’t imagine life without you. Every day is such a joy to be your daughter and I’m grateful to have you in my life. I have so much lucky to have such a strong, caring, supportive role model in my life. I know I can be a handful (sometimes) and I can’t thank you enough for your endless love and support.

Thank you for being everything to me! My colleagues also thank you for being our monthly potluck mom! Your food is the BEST!! I love you forever and ever.”


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