For my mother on the anniversary of her birth:
To the one who taught me that learning to laugh and dance and sing is just as important as learning to walk.
The one who showed me to eat because food is good and to cook because food can be love.
The one who drummed into me that it's important to show up on time and ready to work, but still made it clear that you should shed pantyhose and bras into the back seat the instant you get into your car to leave.
The one who gave me the strength to leave the nest and in doing so, showed me how to build my own.
To the woman I always assumed I'd turned into - I'm still pretty surprised that I didn't.
I love you, Mama!