Here's mine with me in 1981. The anniversary of this picture is in a couple of days. I am so lucky to have her near me and to be so close. I know what she would have given to have her mother with her all these years. About 18 months after this picture was taken, she lost hers. My mother was 21 with a new baby and in a marriage that wouldn't last the next three years. I feel like I'd be lost without my mother, and I'm very soon to be 32 and have it made in the shade, comparatively. My mom is a remarkable woman and everything I am I owe to her.

I love you mom. Thank you for raising me with grandma's memory. Making her stories and memories a daily part of our lives made me always feel close to her, and deeply in tune with our heritage. Happy Mother's Day to both of you.
Thank you for always encouraging me, even though we knew my path wasn't going to be the easiest one. It feels good to be believed in, and that makes the journey all the easier. It makes patience a piece of cake.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. You're not alone. It's not a task for the faint of heart, and you are cherished.