This is my favorite picture of my mom.
This is how I always saw her, even at the end.
And here's one more, my grandmother, with all her grandchildren up to Maureen, who is four years older than me. Eighteen more grandchildren were born after these, the first ten. Been looking for an excuse to run this picture. Today is the day. This extraordinary woman started the whole train rolling. She is the one who instilled in her nine children the gospel of devotion to family. It was a lesson that took, and continues down through the generations. I am said to look like her, which despite the fact that we both obviously have the weight struggle, I consider to be a supreme compliment and privilege. She is legendary. She made my mom.