In an essay for Men's Health magazine just in time for Mother's Day, the "Today" show co-host praises his own mom, Marilyn Lauer, 87, for her bravery and strength amid life's low points.
"My mother is a strong woman, eager to stand up for herself and her family,'' he wrote, via "Today." "Her strength comes from being tested by life's unpredictability. It comes from soldiering on for her children, even when she might rather have given up."
"I know it hasn't always come easily," Lauer continued, referring to his parents' divorce and father's 1997 death, before adding, "but I also know it's her greatest gift."
The journalist also shared a moving anecdote about son Jack Lauer's relationship with his grandmother, who has difficulty with sight and mobility.
"As I listened to them talk, I marveled at the way she focused on him, connected with him and questioned him, and teased him in a loving way," Lauer wrote. "I couldn't help but think how lucky he is to be her grandson and how lucky I am to be her son."
The May issue of Men's Health is on newsstands now.
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