I am so crazily fortunate to have such an incredible Mom. The word "fortunate" actually doesn't begin to cut it. She is beautiful, funny, smart as a whip, incredibly caring, generous, cultivated, very elegant and yet never pretentious. Basically, a finer role model couldn't be found. She has gone through some very challenging times and yet has stayed true to herself and continues to look forward even when it is scary to do so. I don't know of anyone, anywhere who likes to have fun more than her. Even though I am the world traveller, she is the adventurous one who will pull me down some nasty looking alley in New Orleans and of course, led by her infallible food radar, find the tastiest restaurant of the trip. She is not ageist and although always appropriate, continues to be the same fantastic dresser that left me googly-eyed while I was growing up. My Mom has unfailingly been there for me and my Sister, always with love and support. The moments I spend with her and they are not often enough, are precious indeed.
I once spent a brunch with her in San Diego on this holiday and made a sign for the table saying "World's Best, most beautiful Mom" with an arrow pointing to her. I can't be there today, so here is my sign. I love you!