My mother is the most amazing woman I know and whom I most greatly admire. Not only for her strong moral compass, but also her deep sense of compassion and selflessness towards anyone and everyone. She has always been my rock, the person I greatly respect and the person I have looked up to most in my life. Without her encouragement and unconditional love, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. She is the complete embodiment of grace, elegance and all that is good. Forever with a smile, cheery disposition and a constant calm and collective demeanor regardless what time of day or night. My mother and father’s work ethic is what I have always carried with me. Both my parents worked very hard to provide my brothers and I with the best upbringing possible. My mother taught us to be not only independent, but self sufficient. Growing up, my mother managed to work full-time, yet prepare a full breakfast each and every morning before we went to school. She would have packed lunches ready early on and always prepared a well balanced meal for us all each and every night of the week. She always baked. There were never any processed foods, junk foods or soda ever in our house. She maintained a household yet would manage to be present, involved and fully supported any and all our school activities as well as separate interests. She was and still is always impeccably dressed and well put together. She had a garden, was a ferocious reader (still is), took us out regularly into nature on hikes, to the shore and on educational field trips. She even at one point made by hand and would sew much of our clothes as well as all our amazing Halloween costumes each year. My mom is truly Wonder Woman. I feel extremely blessed to have my parents living closer to me now that they have relocated from New England to the west coast. And to my parents, with a full heart and with much excitement, I hope to make their retirement as fulfilling and as memorable as possible. Happy Mother’s Day Mom. I love you.