First and foremost, Happy Mother's Day to the greatest mom in the whole wide world: Donna Jean Unterreiner.
I know I'm biased, but she is some kinda wonderful. And I love her.
Happy Mother's Day to my mom's mom, too. Laura Wuebbels, after 64 years of marriage, is spending her first Mother's
Day in a long while without her husband, Wilbert, who died last November. I'm thinking about you, Grandma.
Happy Mother's Day, Grandma Unterreiner.
Happy Mother's Day to my sisters, Courtney and Kari.
And a special Happy Mother's Day to my sister-in-law, Emmy Unterreiner, and my cousin Shay, both celebrating their
first mommy-specific holidays as first-time mommies.
Speaking of family I've received quite a few e-mails from family and friends commenting on last week's column:
17-year-old junior trumps autism.
From my dad: If this world wants to admire someone, if they want to look beyond the pettiness of life and seek a
hero, if they want to forget greatness and soak in a little of what our great country is all about, they need to look
at TJ's parents ... would love to meet these guys some day."
From my sister Courtney: What he is doing for himself and what his parents have done for him is what everyone needs
to learn to do for themselves: listen. Listen to your inner self, your gut, your emotions, and your path will open up
for you. It sure did for TJ. It's so refreshing to hear a kid voice his opinion about sports and how important sports
can be for a person. Sports teach a person so much more than just how to hit a ball or stand up on skis, and I think
his quote wrapped up that thought nicely. Let's hope the school boards are listening and won't cut any more
extracurricular activities from their budgets."
From a special-needs teacher: It's amazing what can happen when the child/student has the supports in place to help
him succeed. Kudos to his parents (and the others) who were so supportive ... but especially to his parents ... their
support made such a difference!"
From a father of an autistic child: My son has autism, fortunately he is high functioning. However, he still has his
challenges. Thanks for shedding light on this subject. The more people know about these stories, the more they become
aware and understand that autism is an everyday thing."
The people have spoken: Happy Mother's Day to Tina Marie Trump, TJ's mom, and an early Happy Father's Day to Jim
Trump, TJ's dad.
Just a reminder, too: TJ Trump will be honored Tuesday at the Board of County Commissioner's meeting Tuesday in
Also since last weekend's good news, Trump, a varsity lacrosse letterman at Durango High School, has been named the
Denver Outlaws' guest of honor for the professional lacrosse team's Aug. 7 game in the Front Range as part of the
national Lacrosse for Autism Day" fundraising effort.
Trump will be introduced on the field with the team, be an honorary captain for the game, then will be seated with
his parents in a field box. He also was invited to the Outlaws' practice the night before the game.
Speaking of friends Sarah Meier, a mother of two and former Fort Lewis College sports information director, received the Judith M. Sweet Commitment Award on Monday from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic
The award annually is presented to recognize athletics administrators who are committed to providing outstanding
leadership and commitment to colleagues and student-athletes in intercollegiate athletics.
Meier certainly is deserving of such an honor. She absolutely was the best I have ever seen as an SID, and I miss her
Meier is in her fourth year as the assistant commissioner of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and first as the
conference's Senior Woman Administrator. She serves on the NCAA Division II regional advisory committee for women's
soccer and also is on the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) DII board of directors.
Sarah is very deserving of this award," RMAC commissioner Joel R. Smith said in a news release. She is an extremely
hard worker who goes above and beyond what is expected of her. It's important that she is recognized for the
fantastic job she does."