Tim McGraw is a self-proclaimed “Mama’s Boy,” but in the best possible sense of the expression. Although Betty, Tim’s mother, was never married to his father, baseball legend Tug McGraw, there were men in their lives. Unfortunately, as he told radio host Blair Garner, they might not have been father figures.
Blair, who has 16-year-old twins, asked Tim, “Was there ever a moment with your mom where it was like, ‘Mom, you know what? I didn’t know how strong you were. I didn’t know what all you did for me until now at this point?’”
An obviously emotional Tim leaned forward and told Blair, “Wow, you’re gonna make me cry.” He continued, “There were a lot of moments because my mom is a strong woman and she raised us three kids and went through a lot of abuse in her marriages. So, we saw a lot of that growing up, and saw a lot of the black eyes and bloody noses and all that thing around our house.”
Later in the interview, Tim mentioned that he had intervened in some of the disputes, once when he was in the third grade and another time when he was older, but he didn’t elaborate.
He also said, “I remember being on our own and being at our home, and I was around 13, maybe, one night and I got up late at night, it was about 2 in the morning. My mom had worked like three jobs at one time to try to keep the bills paid. I remember, specifically, getting up one night to get a glass of water and she was at our kitchen table and she had bills spread out and everything, she had her head down, she was crying. She didn’t see me walk by. I didn’t know what to say, it was so heartbreaking to me. I don’t know that I really got it at that point, but older in life, I reflect on that a lot. I reflect on that scene and seeing my mom and how she hid that from us. I just happened to catch that moment.”
Tim told Blair that he had told his mother about it since then, but that she didn’t remember the moment. “She probably had hundreds of those nights,” he said.
He went on to say, “The thing my mom always taught us, that I really remember, my sisters and I, is always have dreams and always dream bigger than your circumstances. And always treat people nicely, treat people kind…I haven’t always lived up to that. I can be a jerk sometimes, like everybody can, have bad days. But that’s always a seed that’s been planted in me that if I start getting a little out of control or I feel like I’m not in control of my life or circumstances sort of get crazy, that’s the first person I think of and the first person I call, along with my wife.”
And to think, he didn’t write “I Called Mama.”