this photo was taken in 1970, when my parents were in santa barbara while my dad attended ucsb--loni is being held by my dad and i am in my mother's arms.

my mother was literally the perfect mother: she was kind, gentle, nurturing, compassionate, spiritual, and, above all, patient. in return, her children adore and cherish her, which i feel is the absolute most telling factor of a happy, healthy, and secure childhood.

i respect my mother more than any single woman on this earth--i love her and want to thank her for being the mother that she was to me.

xoxo to our "shrama"! i love you, mom--happy day to you in costa rica.....we are thinking of you.

& a happy mother's day to you all today~eat cake!