April 4th, 2012
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Mother and Child
By Pablo Picasso

Today is my Mom’s 81st birthday and I truly hope she has a relaxing day.

My Mom did an incredible job of raising six children who were born very close in age.  There is only seven years between me (the oldest) and the youngest child.  There is a set of twins in our family and one of my sisters and I were born in the same year so we are the same age for a month.  Think about taking care of six children all by yourself: the logistics, the time, the energy, the patience and the imagination.

You’re tired just thinking about it, aren’t you?

My Mom is the ultimate mother.  I can honestly say that she loves all babies and she adores their spontaneity.  She was a hands-on Mom who would get down on the floor and play with us and think up games for us to play.  She showed us how children should be enjoyed and let us dance around or sing or tell stories to entertain the family.  There were many nights when my parents admit to turning off the television just to watch all six of us be our silly selves and spontaneously perform.

 You paid your dues, Mom, and today I send you big birthday hugs and kisses!

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