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Social Circle: What's awesome about your mom?

The "Social Circle" is a group effort between readers, social networkers and the editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.

Moms. From unconditional to controlling, they are one of the most influential people in our life. Even after they're gone.

This week, in honor of Mother's Day, we asked the Social Circle what makes or made their mom particularly awesome, and the responses ranged greatly, from "she made me" to "she loved life and lived it uncompromisingly."

Feel free to tell us via the Talkback feature about yours and hats off to moms everywhere.

Alexander Allgood: "She's adopted five kids from the inner city of Milwaukee after her three biological kids were all grown – and continues to work full time."

Kevin Thomas Atkinson: "The way she hands me money without anyone noticing. Like she was a former spy who dealt drugs on the side."

Jason Belcher: "She had me."

Christopher Corona: "She has put up with me for 47 years!"

Steph Davies: "The fact that when I called her at 29 and told her I was quitting my job to be an artist she said 'do it.'"

Helene Feider: "She raised 12 amazing children and she still has more energy than me!"

Neal Frickson: "She didn't wring my neck."

Michelle Glen: "I have her complete support at every turn."

Jerry Grillo: "93 years of loving her family."

Daniel Hintz: "She never fell for religion or conservative politics, she loves animals, she's a great painter and she is a very funny raconteur."

Tom Julio: "That she's always been afraid of wire coat hangers."

Jeff Kerr: "She taught me how to swear like a surrealist sailor and be suspicious of the world at large."

Margaret Killinger Krueger: "My mom was 'green' before it was popular. We saved things, reused things, up cycled, composted, grew our own food, sewed clothes, mended, saved water, rarely ate processed foods, steered clear of chemicals, understood the balance of nature on our environment, walked everywhere and more! I am who I am today because of my mom."

Tammy Kolbe: "Her super dry sense of humor. Me and my sister got it from her."

Joshua Manchester: "My mother makes Mother Theresa look like a greedy, self absorbed and mean-spirited person."

Laura Martin: "Unconditional love through all my detours and tattoos."

Gretchen Mead: "I have a joke with my mom that I will not tell her I like the shirt she is wearing, because she will try to give it to me on the spot right off her back - I mean, that could get uncomfortable if we were in public."

Hannah Medrow: "She has a life so she leaves her kids alone to live ours. She's supportive without being too involved. This may not suit everyone, but I love it."

Jodie Niles: "She's like a walking history book of all that's happened throughout many years of important family and world events."

Patti O'Dell-Dooley: "She gave me life, duh! LOL! Really, what would this world do without the awesomeness of me and my sibling?"

Bill Halmo: "She put up with a bum like me when she was alive."

Maria Holden Raboin: "That she's three miles away."

Sara Risley: "She loved life and lived it uncompromisingly until she died in my arms. I miss her every minute."

Dean R. Slater: "She was a super hero to all of us."

Julia Taylor: "She raised us well and fairly and can tell you each day what all of us are up to. She stays connected and busy."

Monica Thomas: "My mom married an American so I would be one."

Jen Vega: "What doesn't?!"

Cindi Wood: "Her laugh and generosity."

William Zuback: "She never discouraged me from doing what I wanted to do/try. Always helped and still helping me any way she can. Love my mom, Patricia Zuback."


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