I cannot even imagine what it's like to be in her shoes.
All eyes were on Tiger today -- but mine were on his mom, Kultida Woods. I noticed how many times she couldn't even look him in the eye as she sat stoically in the front row. Throughout this scandal, I had thought many times about how Elin must feel. But I had never even considered the pain that Tiger's mother must be experiencing.
There have to be so many emotions going on inside. Before Thanksgiving Day, her son was the Golden Boy. She has burst with pride so many times over her son's many Herculean accomplishments. It seemed like he could do no wrong ... until Thanksgiving -- and every day since -- when it seemed he could do no RIGHT.
For a mother, this must be a living nightmare.
I try to imagine what she is feeling ... what I would feel if it were my son up on that podium.
I know I would feel shame ... how could my son treat women this way? I'd feel heartbreak for my son ... it would hurt deeply to know that he was in so much pain and there was nothing I could do to fix it. I would feel embarrassment ... how humiliating that the whole world knew my son's deepest, darkest secrets. I would feel responsibility ... was I somehow to blame for raising a son who could do something like this? I would also feel anger -- at my son, at the media, at the world. I would mourn the life that once was. And I would fear the future: Could my son's reputation and good name ever be restored?
As I saw the raw emotion on Kultida's face (especially when the main camera failed, and the second camera was on her for the remainder of the press conference), my heart went out to her. As a mom, I would never want to be in her shoes, and I'm sure that these last few months haven't been easy.
When Tiger hugged his mom tightly after his public mea culpa, I was reminded that to her, he will always be her little boy. And to see your little boy have to go through something so painful -- even if he brought it on himself -- can't be easy for anyone.
I, like many, wondered what Kultida whispered in her son's ear during that long embrace. ESPN reports that she said: "I'm so proud of you. Never think you stand alone. Mom will always be there for you and I love you."
That really says it all: As a mother, you are always by your son's side, no matter how much he stumbles or falls. You are there to kiss every skinned knee and wipe away every last tear, no matter if your son is 4 or 34. And, no matter what happens, you will always love him in the deep, unconditional way only a mother can.
This afternoon, my heart goes out to Kultida Woods as she stands by her man Tiger -- today and always.
Tiger's mom spoke to the press after his statement. Read what she had to say.