My mom lives 3000 miles from me and we have to celebrate this day over the phone. My mom has had a very emotional year finding that those she had loved and trusted didn't have her best welfare in mind but their own selfish agenda. Very sad....but one thing I learned from my mom was to survive regardless the situation. Be it angry, sad or hurt, survive and move on! She always taught me that hard work would always give you more than a paycheck but the belief in yourself that when you decide and put forth the effort everything is within your reach...oh yes, and laugh at yourself once in awhile because if you can't have a sense of humor about yourself than often your days will be filled with anger and frustration! I laugh at myself a lot!!!!! It's funny how we pass on those lessons to our own children and then they
|"Grandma Mary and Casey"|
Dan was very fortunate to have been raise with an incredible sense of integrity and morals. Much of that has found it's way into our general way of life and we can only hope that our children will carry that into their own families.....I contribute so much of Dan's code of excellence (lol) to his roots and his Portuguese grandmother, Grandma Mary! She was the most remarkable woman and one that left such a positive and everlasting influence on me! We lost her in 1989, not to long after we lost Dan's father. She never recovered from loosing her youngest son and was found collapsed at his grave where she never regain consciousness. The need we have to be with our children, whether physically or through some astral plain takes root the minute they are conceived and continues to grow throughout their life. It never matters where they are they remain in our heart as though they are the ones making each beat! Mothers Day is everyday of our lives not just one day in May.....because being a mom is a gift that just gets better everyday!