America Counts on Mom

Mom on Mom:

I have always been this smart.

My daddy says, sugar, you are the smartest person I have ever known. And, that is true.

I can listen, I can speak, I can sing and I can find things.

So when the president of the United States of America needs something done or needs something found, I am one he comes to see.

And, when he says to me, Helen Douglas Martin, I need you to go fix what needs to be fixed or find what needs to be found, I get up from this table and go do it, because that is what I do … always have.

That’s why presidents love me.

I know them all.

I am strong. I am an American.

I love the United States of America.

I am smart. Everything I have ever done, I have done it in half the time of anybody I have ever known.

Every president of the United States of America has said to me, Helen Douglas Martin, you do the best things that have ever been done in the history of America.

Me on Mom:

The truth is, mom and my sister, Nel, were commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery to do the silhouettes of Nixon, Ford, Bush Sr. and his wife, Barbara. I believe they also did other presidents, but I can’t recall who, so I will have to do a little research before sharing more with you.

Mom and Nel have a portfolio of many notable leaders of our country,  as well as visiting dignitaries and celebrities.

I can recall offhand, silhouettes of Andy Warhol, Martha Stewart, Sandra Day O’Connor and all of the Supreme Court Justices that served with her, and Strom Thurman, and his daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams.

All of the above, including the presidents, were done in person. Mom always has said she and Nel had about and hour with each dignitary and that they were able to have real conversations with them all.

I know for a fact that Sandra Day O’Conner and Gerald Ford stayed in touch with both my mom and sister long after having had their profiles done.

So, mom really did know presidents. And, for all I know, she might have worked for the CIA.

After all, she can listen, speak, sing and find things. And, she is one of  the smartest people I have ever known.

What else do you need … to be a spy?

Secret Agent Mom, Secret Agent Mom,

They’ve given you a number and taken away your name.

I will keep you posted.

In the meantime, Mom’s the word.

About Tom Laughon

Tom Laughon (Pronounced Lawn) is President of Catch Your Limit, an organization whose sole purpose is to guide and grow leaders. His journey from lead singer in a rock-n-roll band, to a successful career in marketing & advertising to consultant, strategist, keynote speaker, facilitator, professor and writer is a fascinating one. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Tom and his team guide organizations, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to national associations, to "catch their limit" in areas such as leadership development, creativity, innovation, teaming and transformational change. His commitment to "practice what he preaches" has made Catch Your Limit a petri dish for round-the-clock discovery and learning. The firm's brand reflects Tom's personal brand: Fun, Inspirational, Strategic & Hot!

2 responses »

  1. “I have always been the smart”

    So profoundly confident and proud, I teared up. Hugs!


  2. Tom, this one is one of my favorites! Your mom is truly one of a kind, and a national treasure! I knew about “Nelen” doing the sillouttes of Gerald Ford and his family, as well as the Supreme Court justices, but I did not know about all the others. The news of their doing even more dignitaries and celebrities does not come as a shock, however. They did a great job and were delightful to be with, so I’m sure the word spread! They also did Jo Nez, Love, and me when we visited them back in the late 70’s or early 80’s! I still have it, too!

    Keep them coming, Tom. You are a very gifted writer!!

    Dick Thompson



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