Winter is the time of year I tend to become more introspective – I think that is part of nature’s plan. So I have spent a lot of time thinking about moms; in particular my own mom. I have to say that I am so much wiser than I was 30 years ago. Even then I was wrapped up in my own world raising children and building my life and seldom stopped to think of how it was for my parents when they were doing the same things. I am able to look at mom’s life over the course of 85 years now and see how she navigated a world much different than my own. A young woman in a distant land, raised by her father in a quite different environment. I appreciate all she did in her education attending university and becoming a physician at a time when women ‘just didn’t do that’. She moved across the ocean and raised 3 children in Canada; finally settling in the US. Going back to work as a doctor must have been quite a feat for her…. We were all in school full time and she took advantage of that. When she retired she spent time traveling and sailing and enjoying life. I am amazed as I get older how much mom touched my life. She not only taught me so much but her efforts have made possible a good life for my family. She had the foresight to understand the importance of education; giving our children a great start attending private preschool which was a luxury for us. And it continued through the years – I know my children are who they are based on much of her efforts and values. Thank you mom for all you have done through the years. Your efforts and values have had a profound effect; You have always been someone special in my life.