-for fueling my Nancy Drew addiction
-for keeping the Newsday subscription when I was the only one reading the paper every day (4th grade news junkie)
-for being an example of grace under pressure
-for keeping a smile on your face and a song in your heart when others would have been reduced to curling up in a ball and crying.
-for celebrating the little things and the big things
-for making holidays important
-for Monday night dinners (everything in our house was celebrated on Monday)
-for waking us up at 5am on July 3, 1976 to take us down to Jones Beach to see the ships sailing in for Operation Sail
-for all the trips to "Row Row" (Nunleys)
-for the evenings down at the pool and the Carvel runs on the way home
-for laughing with us at the house fronted in Yellow bathroom tiles
-for encouraging the kitchen efforts that each of us kids made.
-for making me think I could be the first woman president, if I wanted to
-for making my prom dress
-for not freaking out at the time I spent at the boyfriend's house
-for admitting that you still loved my Dad after he passed away, but that sometimes loving someone doesn't mean you can live with them
-for aways making room for one more at the dinner table
-for the joy you had in being Granny
-for the couple of days twice a year prior to our WDW vacations
-for sharing your home for a month when I moved down ahead of the family
-for the shopping trips
-for the weekly phone call to find out my day off so we could spend it together
-for the 39 years we were on this planet together
I love you, Mom.