Her nickname is Flo

My mother is gone, well most of the time. It has been that way for a while now and getting worse. My mother has Alzheimer’s. dayna mom babyThe woman I knew as Mommy now relies on me for everything. That’s okay. She taught me to love, to cook, to do for others, to only spend what you have, to write handwritten thank you notes, to play tennis (well, she tried on that one). She let me leave for college when I was 16, she told me about sex without ever batting an eye or cringing, she told me it was best in love. She rejoiced in my pregnancies and she babysat even when she didn’t want to. I think she has a big crush on Charlie the Wonder Husband. I miss my mom. Stop working. Go call your mom. Even better, spend the weekend with her. Business and success will wait for you on this one.

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