This Mother’s Day, we asked some members of the CBS DFW family to reflect on what the day means to them.

What’s this “Happy Mother’s Day” stuff?  For me, it’s more like “Happy Mama’s Day!” Because even at the age of 40, that’s what I still proudly call my mom: “Mama.”

My mother Iola has become one of the sweetest, most gentle people I know. But that sweet exterior hides one of the toughest, most hard-working individuals I’ve ever met in my life. As a single mother you have to be to raise a rambunctious & sometimes hard-headed young man like I used to be!

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Keith Garvin's mother, Iola.

You see, as I was growing up, “Mama” also had to play the role of father as well. To do so, she literally worked four separate jobs at the same time for more than 10 years. And Mama always made sure the ends met. We didn’t have much at all; I never even had my own bedroom until I was in college.  But we always had food on the table, clothes on our backs and the lights always stayed on.

There were things I inevitably missed out on. I played football from fifth grade all the way through college, and in that time Mama was only able to attend about three of my games – and that includes two in my college years.

She couldn’t be there because she was working her tail off to support my sister and me. Because of the hours she worked, she also wasn’t able to check my homework on a regular basis. But because she knew education was going to be a key component to a better future she placed me in a private school for the first nine years of my education. That was another reason she worked so hard.

In the end Mama’s work has paid off. She raised a son who graduated from college, created his own family, and gave her four granddaughters she now loves and spoils like crazy!  She also raised a daughter who, along with her husband, serves our country as a member of the United States Air Force.

And my mother apparently has no plans to slow down. Although she’s retired twice now she has another job and just went back to school this year!  Hopefully this Sunday she’ll pause just long enough for me to call and wish her a Happy Mother’s Day.  Actually, I guess that would be “Happy Mama’s Day!”