The column this article links to is very well worth reading. I have 9 children
myself, plus 4 step children, and we now have 20 grandchildren. Kids definitely
don't come with instructions, so it is wonderful when you have a mother who
can help you learn how to be a mother, too. I am thankful for mine, and I miss
her more each year. She has been gone 8 years now. If your mom is still here,
give her a hug, or a phone call...whatever you can do. As a mom, I can tell you
that she appreciates knowing her children love her.