Today is Mama’s birthday. I could not possibly hope to put all the wonderful things about this lovely lady into words; but here are just a few of the things I am (now and forever) grateful for: her strength, her generous heart, her intelligence, her perseverance, the great big sea of love she has for her children (and now her grandchildren), her beauty (inside and out), the burst-out-loud laughter that I inherited, the ear she is always willing to lend, the piercing blue of her eyes, and the family I was raised in. Nearly everything good in me comes from her… and the sacrifices she’s made on my behalf are legion. Happy Birthday, Mama. I love you with all my heart, and all my pieces!