Today is my father's birthday. I'm missing him something fierce today but I'm also happy and dancing and feeling joy because I love him. It's the funny man I'm thinking about today, the joker, the schemer, the story-teller. That man lived life to the highest and he enjoyed every minute. He also loved to fish, and was very good at it.
Today is also Mother's Day. I embrace not only my mother today, but also her mother. Great women, both. From them I learned to read. I learned words and sentences and an affinity for crossword puzzles. I learned how to hold myself, how to sit, cross my legs, and what fork to use. I learned to stand on my own and to never back down from my beliefs. I learned that women can be anything they want to be, and I learned to have fun.
All three of these people, my father, my mother, my Grandmother, loved me very much. I'm so grateful for that gift. So very grateful. I'm a very lucky girl, I am.