Happy Birthday to My Extraordinary, Loving, Talented, Brave Mom
We love the video montage above -- of mom bringing out birthday cakes during my childhood. It just captures for me the selfless, loving behavior I took for granted as a kid. Fortunately, I fully appreciate it now -- and want to say Thank You for what a great mom, role-model, and inspiration you've been.
Of course the most important birthday-cake related video about Grandma Sandy is more recent:
And from a Mother's Day Tribute last year:
What's the best piece of advice your mom ever gave you?
“There comes a time, you have to go with what you’ve got.” Early in her life, my mom was a reporter for the Associated Press. She had a boss who taught her about the sanctity of deadlines – and helped her let go of perfectionism – by saying, “There comes a time that you have to go with what you’ve got.” My mom told me this when I was young, perhaps related to finishing a homework assignment in junior high. As a budding journalist, I thought it was cool to receive the advice passed down from some crusty old city room editor. But over time, the phrase took on grander meaning, beyond just advice on how to hit deadlines. The way mom said it – in combination with her persistent love and acceptance of me – made me feel fine about letting go. It wasn’t just that it would be “good enough” but that it would be good -- period -- because, she made it clear, I was awesome as is. So for that piece of wisdom – plus all of your love, support, and generosity – I wish you, Mom, a great Mother’s Day.