Since it’s Mother’s Day in many parts of the world, today I’m thinking about my mother who died in 1998. She was a remarkable woman, consistently generous and loving in a way that few people are able to manage, and incredibly creative and talented as well. I’m sure I’ll never stop missing her. And now that I’ve lived long enough to understand what a tough job it is to be a parent, I realize I really won the lottery in the parents department.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there, and for everyone reading this, if your mother is still alive, call her right now and tell her how much you appreciate all those motherly things she did for you.

(Thanks to my sister Laurel for the photo. After my mother died, Laurel scanned years and years of slides to create a set of CDs with all our family photos.)

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