Moms are special. They welcome us to the world, watch us grow, sing us to sleep, and bandage our knees and elbows.

 

Moms are resilient. They hold their breath when we climb tall trees or swim in the deep end, occasionally pulling us from the rapids.

 

Moms are sentient. They know our fears, cheer us on, worry over us, soothe our disappointments and mend our broken hearts.

 

Moms are all those things and a hundred more, putting in long hours without complaint, juggling career, household and children, serving as cook and counselor, driver and confidante, with a ready ear and an understanding nature.

 

May is the month of Mother’s Day and an occasion to recognize the special women who have given so much to help us become the people we are. It is also the month AY About You spotlights Super Moms: very special women who consistently answer the call of duty on behalf of their families. Super Moms do it all and make it look easy, and we are proud of each and every member of this year’s class.

 

Here’s to you.

 

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Children:

David (passed 2018); Shelley Young (56); Scotty (passed 2023)

Occupation:

Owner, Helton’s Wrecker Service; EMT (retired); Social Services (retired)

Education:

University of Central Arkansas, EMT School

Favorite Song: “Kentucky Rain” by Elvis Presley

Dream Vacation: Going back to my home, Miami, Florida — the beach!

 

At 81, Bobbi “Nanny” Helton has plenty of hard-won advice to give to the younger parents out there. Toward the top of her words of wisdom is: “Always keep in mind that there is more time behind you than there is ahead of you as you get older,” she said. Helton and husband Bill started Helton’s Wrecker Service shortly after their marriage in 1961, which led the Miami native to Conway. There, Helton attended the University of Central Arkansas, and she and her family still love UCA football tailgating and cheering on the Bears. Rather than presenting obstacles, Helton said, her children were raised in the family business and “involved in every bit of it.”

 

How do you make “you time” to recharge?

I played softball and spent all my time with my children. I never needed to recharge.

 

What is a typical day like for you?

Caring for my two doggies and kitty and being with my daughter, my grands and great grands.

 

How did your upbringing influence your parenting style?

I knew exactly what I was and was not going to be like. I have always been devoted to my family.

 

What has been the most unexpected part of being a mom?

Losing my two boys so young and only five years apart.

 

What other “moms” or mother figures in your life do you look up to?

My grandma. She was my favorite person.

 

Does your family have any interesting traditions?

Not really. Everything we do is interesting, and there’s never a dull moment.

 

What is the biggest misconception people have about being a mom?

That it’s not all fun and games. I had three children, and in so many ways, they were just alike and yet nothing alike at all. You just do your best and always let them know they are loved.

 

What is the most memorable piece of advice you received about motherhood?

Always stop what you are doing and hug them — always!

 

What advice would you give to new or soon-to-be moms?

Walk away from those dishes in the sink. They will always be there. The moments won’t.

 

What is your favorite part of motherhood?

Everything! There hasn’t been a moment that wasn’t my favorite.

 

What kind of legacy do you hope to leave behind for your children?

Be nice. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”

 

Photo by Chris Davis