I love these first two pics because I'm
looking at my Mom. I've watched her
my whole life. It's kind of scary to
know someone is always watching you, but
that's what daughters do....they watch their
moms, and they learn. I've learned so
much from my Mom, and I'm still learning.
I'm still watching her.
She's a wonderful cook!
(And she's probably going to kill
me for posting a picture of her
with early a.m. bed-head.)
She's an excellent speaker!
This was the day she spoke in chapel
at our kid's school last year.
She was listening to a little guy answer a question.
She's an animal lover. If I had a nickel for
the number of pets she has had in her lifetime
I'd be rich.....everything from iguanas to deer
to cats and dogs, and now a monkey.
And she's crazy (not in the insane asylum, need-
a- straight- jacket kind of way) She loves to laugh
and she makes others laugh. I got my warped sense
of humor from these two individuals below
(and passed it on to the capped juvenile in the background).
My Mom is many things, to many people.
She's a counselor, an adviser, a help, a nurse,
a champion, an advocate, a minister, a refuge,
a teacher, a learner, a listening ear, a confidante, a chef,
a wife, a sister, a mother, a friend.
Her home is a respite, a hotel, a restaurant,
and during this last year, a hospital.
I've been watching you for 43 years, Mom,
trying to be like you in so many ways.
And even though my feet are bigger than yours,
I could never fill your shoes.
And even though I'm taller,
I still look up to you.