As is customary, I want to take this day to acknowledge mom's birthday. I called her before work to wish her a happy birthday. She's doing well as always. Currently, she's cleaning up the house after a visit from my brother Gomez, whose in-laws all converged on mom's house as well. Mom put everybody up in her usual style, and a good time was had by all. Mom made sure that everybody took a side trip to D.C. to visit the various branches of the Smithsonian and Gomez' brother-in-law, a history buff who hadn't made the pilgrimage to D.C. before, was in his glory.
Mom has a knack for helping people to reach their potential, no matter whether we're talking about a kid involved in academic endeavors, or an adult taking a vacation with his family. I don't see her changing her attitude toward personal growth. Thanks for everything, mom, and best wishes on your birthday.