No one can take me down; I'm the queen

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    May 12, 2013 11:20 a.m.

    PHolley and MLehnardt: The weakness is in the analogy, not in your excellent points, Michelle. One thing that may clarify the analogy a bit--but only a bit. Please remember that it is the King that must be brought into check to win the game, not the Queen. They are both the main principles under attack.

    The fact that the Chess King is weak in his ability to move and to protect himself should not be drawn into the analogy, it is irrelevant to actual life experience.

  • MLehnardt SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 10, 2013 9:23 a.m.

    PHolley-- Agreed! Fathers are absolutely essential. And if you Google my name, you'll find I've written about the importance of devoted fatherhood in depth. I'm sorry I implied otherwise in this article.

  • PHolley Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 9, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    Nice article, but I'm not sure about the implications that mothers are far more significant in the family than fathers. I feel that is one issue in the general membership is the over-emphasis on the mother and the under-emphasis on the father.

  • pogo8702 SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT
    May 9, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    Nearly every day I help my daughter get her head straight about herself. That she is worth something, life has meaning and everyone does not hate her. She moved in as a young teenager...twenty-something now. Her mother abused, betrayed and abandoned her on my doorstep. I don't regret taking this on a second...except for the pain she has had to go through.

    A father can hurt and abandon his children. That is horrible and the impact is far-reaching. But when a mother gives it up, children are devastated and it just never stops.

    I wish mothers would get this. Never make the mistake of considering yourself insignificant or useless. A mother's love, and influence cannot be calculated and the need for it cannot be over-estimated. A woman's heart is different than a man's heart. Removing that heart from a child's life leaves emptiness, pain and rejection which can never be patched over. You mothers make or break the rising generation. Please do not EVER minimize this to yourself or the family. You are all the best. It is so worth it.

    God bless all of you.

  • Farmintown Salt Lake City, Utah
    May 9, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    One couldn't ask for better neighbors than Erik and Michelle, just good down to earth people who really strive to do good. And what wonderful children, unassuming great kids who treat others exceptionally well. Good job Michelle!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 9, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    Sorry about my spelling
    She has the one ring that rules them all, the one ring that binds then. She Got the pow-WA.

  • Good Will Indio, CA
    May 9, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    What a beautiful tribute to motherhood...just in time for Mother's Day!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    May 9, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Long live the Quine! Everyone Knows, If momma ain't happy no one is.