Women’s History Month is upon us and it is a special time for us to celebrate women. One woman that country legend Tim McGraw will always celebrate is his mom, Betty. She is at the top of his list. She is there for all she persevered through and all she sacrificed to give him and his sisters a good life. McGraw says, “she’s a big deal to me”. McGraw even penned a touching song for her titled “I Called Mama” last year.
There is one memory the “Undivided” singer has of his mother that makes him emotional just thinking about it. It shows his mother’s strength and resilience in times of struggle.
McGraw, choking back tears, recalls an emotional childhood moment. He recalls, “My mom found out she was pregnant with me her senior in high school. She had me at a young age. She didn’t get to graduate because I came along. Then she went through some terrible things early in my life. There are a lot of memories of all those things and I know how resilient my mom is and how tough she is and how strong of a woman she is, and how well she raised us under the circumstances. We were on our own, my mom and my two sisters, and she working three jobs just to try to keep the basics in line. I mean, she made no money, really.
I can remember walking through the kitchen one night, gettin’ up late – I don’t know how old I was, 10, 11, 12 years old, something like that – and she had her head down on the table at like two in the morning, with bills everywhere and was crying. She didn’t see me, but I’ve told her that story before and she didn’t remember it because she didn’t see me. For her, that was probably 100 different nights that I didn’t know about. But that’s something that really resonates with me and sticks out with me.”