Connie Salvino was the center of Massillon City Schools Superintendent Paul Salvino's world.
My mother, Connie Salvino, was always the center of my universe.
Since I can remember as a little guy running around skinning my knees, being ornery, or trying to learn new things in life, my mom was always my rock!
I grew up a 100 percent certified momma's boy and have always been proud of that.
I was asked to write this brief article on things I remember most during the Christmas season. At this time of year, I think it is extremely important to stop for a period of time and reflect on our past.
I was very blessed to grow up in my mom's household. When it came to Christmas it always seemed like she could not bake or cook enough!
I can still smell all the amazing food when I think back on those special days. It seemed like everyone in Stark county received a tin filled with all of her famous treats.
My mom never had much in regard to financial means but she was so extremely rich in love and the ability to help make others leave, after having a conversation with her, better than when they entered into it.
There was never such a thing as a stranger at the dinner table and that could not be more true, especially throughout the Christmas season.
I can't even remember how many of my teammates throughout my Washington High School days popped in to say 'hello.' They were immediately told to have a seat and out of the fridge would come Sunday sauce leftovers and a three-course meal! Come to think of it, those visits were certainly not a coincidence, and I'm pretty sure my friends were not stopping by to see me.
Unfortunately, my two sisters, Michelle and Pauline, and I lost our rock three years ago to cancer.
We always share memories of our mom, and I am blessed beyond measure to be able to share those incredible stories.
The traditions started by mom will always continue to live through us as a family. My kids will forever continue to hear the famous "Bobo" stories (as they called her), and I could not be the person I am today without her.
I sure do miss you momma! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and encourage you to pause and reflect on those who made such a tremendous impact on your life this holiday season.
Paul Salvino is the superintendent of Massillon City Schools.