Today is my mother's birthday. As my cousin reminds us - it is one of those milestone birthays. My cousin, my mother, my uncle, another aunt, another cousin and I were all born in years ending in 9. So, yes this is the year I turn 40 - not bothering me yet.
I think about all that my mother means to me and I just can't comprehend everything she is. She is so much to so many! But most of all I think about her strength. I see now how strong she was that year my dad was sick and they next few years raising a teenager alone. She did it without ever letting me see how hard it was.
She is true inspiration to me and I don't think I will every be the woman she is! Happy birthday mom!