Betty Taylor, 82, of Olean, hasn’t always celebrated Mother’s Day. 

In 1957, when she was 19, she immigrated to the United States from Scotland, where she did not celebrate an observance honoring mothers. 

Her memories of Mother’s Day primarily come from celebrating it with her three children and she said she sees the day as a time to spend with family. 

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“Just being around your kids, that’s what helps make Mother’s Day,” Taylor said. “It’s nice for families to get together. You just feel sorry for people whose family can’t be together.”

Her son, Bruce Taylor, 58, an Olean resident, holds Mother’s Day in reverence. 

“I think mothers should be honored on Mother’s Day and every day,” he said. “She brought you into the world. We should give her honor for bringing us into the world and nurturing us when we can’t ourselves.”

Other residents of the Greater Olean area expressed their thoughts on the importance of Mother’s Day. 

Jessica McHenry, 33, of Hinsdale, a mother of three children, she said she appreciates the day. 

“Mothers do a lot for their children,” McHenry said. “It’s nice to recognize what they do. I’m one of those moms where it’s nice to be appreciated, but I do what I do because I want to.” 

Her children, James, Julia and Jacob McHenry, 11, 10 and 8, agree that Mother’s Day is important. 

“I can spend more time with Mommy,” James said.  “In my opinion, moms are a gift.”

“They raise us,” Julia said. “She puts food on our table and helps us with a lot.”

“The only thing I think is important about Mother’s Day is making mom happy,” Jacob  said.

Jessica Foskolos, 36, of Olean, mother of two, takes Mother’s Day as a time to remember her mother, who passed away.

She said the day gives her time to reflect on how her mother made her into the mom she is. 

“I always appreciated my mom, but now I appreciate her in a different way,” Foskolos said.

Her daughter Aaliyah Foskolos, 16, said her mother deserves a day to relax.

“I think Mother's Day is important because most mothers do a lot for their children,” Foskolos said. “They deserve a whole day to celebrate themselves.”

Layla Foskolos, 13, celebrated Mother’s Day with her aunt, Jessica Foskolos, because, she said, her aunt has been an important role model in her life.

“I always celebrate Mother’s Day with my aunt,” Foskolos said. “It’s very important to celebrate Mother’s Day even if you can’t be with your mother. You should look up to the female role models in your life.”

Lynn Golda, 57, of Lyndon remembered that when she was a child, her family always celebrated Mother’s Day by bringing their mother breakfast in bed. She suspects she and her siblings probably enjoyed those breakfasts more than her parents did.

Her son, Dan McConachie, 28, of Salamanca, said he uses Mother’s Day as a time to remember his thankfulness for his mother.

“I’m so blessed to have experienced motherly love,” said McConachie. “I think it’s so important to your completion as a person. It’s not just about raising you. It makes me very grateful.”

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