"She touched everybody that she met," expresses Mark.
The fitness enthusiast and 51-year-old 'Boogie Nights' actor, Mark Wahlberg had lost his beloved matriarch, Alma Wahlberg in the month of April last year. In an appearance on Today’s 3rd hour Monday, Mark remembered his mother's words and expressed his unconditional love for her. The actor revealed that he regularly listens to Alma's voicemails and other recordings to keep her memory alive. "She touched everybody that she met," he told Sheinelle Jones, who interviewed Alma Wahlberg in a 2018 episode of 'Through Mom’s Eyes.' The interview with Alma, which was only supposed to last for 20 to 30 minutes, ended up lasting for hours. "I mean this so sincerely, Mark. She changed my life. For me, she was the true meaning of the word matriarch. She always talked about how you would call her every day. And she would say, 'Call your mother' — I can't do her accent," said Sheinelle, who has three kids of her own, regarding her interview with Alma.
Mark regarded his mother to be one of the most hardworking people and described her to be a great influence in his life. He explained that she did what she had to do to provide for her nine kids. He said, "She was truly an inspiration. You caught me off guard thereby pulling out that one, and I'm going to go watch that interview just so I can see her face. I mean, all I have now is the recordings and the voicemails that she left me, and I listen to them quite often."
Wahlberg shared that he gives advice to everyone who has parents who are still alive, stating, "I remind them to call them every day, tell them how much you love them, and be there and connect with them as much as possible." If you happen to be someone who's lost a parent, what is the one thing you do to honor their memories?
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