Lowcountry's manly men not afraid to say it: They love mom

abredeson@islandpacket.comMay 13, 2012 

Capt. John Robinson is a busy guy. The training and education officer for the Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department is also a husband and father of three.

Yet he makes sure to save a little time each week for someone very special -- his mom, Frances.

A couple of days, a week he stops by her house in Beaufort for a homemade lunch. In addition to the meal, he said she puts out cookies and snacks for him.

"I'm a little spoiled," he said, adding that his mom never says no. Ever.

He said it doesn't matter what it is -- his mom has always been there to support him and help him in any way she can.

The 44-year-old said his mom isn't the only one who spoils him. His wife tends to do the same. He said she goes to work early in the morning, so it's his job to get the kids ready for school. But she makes sure their clothes are laid out and their lunches are made. All he has to do is get them dressed, make sure they brush their teeth and get them to school on time.

As far as plans for honoring his mom on Mother's Day, Robinson said, jokingly, "I'm hoping my wife figures that out for me."

He said he'll try to spoil her a little, but that's not easy to do.

"Moms are sometimes hard to spoil," Robinson said. "They won't sit down. They won't let you do anything for them."

Firefighter Lee Levesque

Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District firefighter and public relations officer Lee Levesque, 37, is another local man who is proud to wear the title of "Mama's Boy."

He says he won the lottery when he got his mother.

"I have a very special relationship in the extent that I was adopted when I was just a wee little boy," he said. "My mother is my mother by choice, not by necessity."

Levesque said his mother was a stay-at-home mom who took care of 18 children at one time. She and his father had three biological children and three adopted children. And they took in more than 200 foster kids over 30 years.

"My mother, bless her heart, she is a strong woman in that she put up with all of us kids," Levesque said. "Her love truly is never-ending -- to share it with so many, and certainly me, when she didn't have to do that. She chose to do that."

Levesque said his mom has always been there for him and the rest of the family. She was always cooking or chauffeuring kids around -- doing whatever it took to make sure everyone had what they needed. She was the first one up in the morning and the last one to bed.

Levesque said his mother taught him to be compassionate.

"Every time I engage a medical patient that we run, or every time I work with a family who was unfortunately burned out of their home, there's no doubt I'm channeling what she taught me for compassion and caring for other people," Levesque said. "My mother's example is something I strive every day to live up to."

Bodybuilder Chris Bacon

Amateur bodybuilder Chris Bacon has always looked up to his mother, too. So much so that he followed in her footsteps.

Bacon said he grew up going to the gym with his mom, who was also a bodybuilder. He quickly became interested in weightlifting.

She bought him his first weight bench at age 11.

Now 34 years old and 215 pounds of pure muscle, the sales manager of Powerhouse Gym in Bluffton is not afraid to admit he's a mama's boy. He's not ashamed to hold her hand or put his arm around her in public. He opens doors for her. He said he'll do anything for her.

"She gave me so much growing up," he said. "So I try to give back as much as I can."

Bacon said his mother was a single mom, sometimes holding down three jobs to make ends meet. He recalled, tearfully, a time when there wasn't enough food for him and his brother: "I remember plenty of nights where she would give half her food to us."

Bacon said when he was growing up, his mom was a disciplinarian but also a friend. As a teenager, he would go cruising with her in the family Oldsmobile Cutlass. She took him to see Poison and David Lee Roth concerts.

"We've always been close," he said.

So close that he visits her every day and calls her four or five times a day -- even if it means he gets a little picked on at the gym.

Bacon said what he loves most about his mom is that she's always there for him.

"I can talk to her about anything," he said. "I can always depend on her."

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