Happy Birthday to my mother- the woman who not only gave me life, but also many of the various traits we share that make me- well, me... They include my smile, my love of almost all music, the perfectionist side of my personality, my sense of justice and fairness, how I get "punchy" when sleep-deprived, my need for honesty, and my ability to give "THE LOOK" (Famous to all who truly know her) :-). She is also behind such well-known phrases in our family as "goals, goals, goals", "that is unacceptable", "let's team-up", and "you can do anything for ..."(insert some seemingly impossible amount of time here). I smile every time I hear them- and even catch them coming out of my own mouth sometimes.
Thanks, Mom. I hope you had a good time tonight, and a really great birthday.
P.S. This is the demure look my mother has when being tolerant of her son-in-law who has just turned her birthday cake into a flaming blow-torch. Gotta love family.