This is sort of a crappy old picture, but it's the only I could find (quickly) of my mother. Here she is with my kids at a special matinee program presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony probably eleven or twelve years ago.
Anyway, today is my mom's 70th birthday, and even though she's not online and will never know that this is out there on the internet tubes, Happy Birthday, Mom!
She was the best mother that a kid could hope for. Smart, compassionate, loving, a great cook and better baker, she could ride a horse and shoot a gun too. She was always up to any challenge and the year she almost burned the house down roasting a wild goose is testament to same.
My sister and I used to call her the Italian Tornado :D The littlest woman but a force to be reckoned with if crossed. She's not so fierce now, but then we're all responsible for our own sorry asses and she doesn't have to chase us down with a fly swatter to punctuate anything anymore.