Last year, on this date, my mother celebrated her 79th birthday.
She had her hair done.
She received flowers.
Birthday cards were lined up around the living room.
Ribbons festooned her walker.
She had visitors.
She delightedly opened small gifts.
Mom was living the last few weeks of her life, and she knew it.
Still, with good example and extreme grace, she was teaching.
LIVE every day.
CHERISH every moment.
CELEBRATE when you can.
Every day, I appreciate the lessons she taught and the example she set.
Every day, I am thankful to have had her in my life for as long as I did.
Today, on what would have been her 80th birthday, I am missing my Mom.