From mom, I learned that it’s not about what you are given in life to work with; it is what you do with what you are given.  

I have only recently come to appreciate that mom’s life was not defined by her circumstances. 

It was defined by her living. 

In that respect, for me, she was larger than life. 

And will always be.

– Me, Tuesday afternoon, at the celebration luncheon, for mom.

I was going to unpack this a bit, to say what I mean, more plainly, more directly.

I may, later.

Just not now.

But you are most welcome to comment.

For if you are someone who knows someone who has lived life with dignity and strength, despite circumstances that belied those traits, then you knew my mom.