October 4, 1947
August 1983 – my 16th birthday
If my mom were alive today, we’d be celebrating her 87th Birthday. She loved my dad, her kids, her friends, her Cadillac, pink roses and homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. She was always impeccably dressed, had a standing weekly appointment with her hair dresser and always wore perfume – her favorites included Chanel No. 5, Joy by Jean Patou and L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci. She never left the house without lipstick, earrings and a rain cap in her purse (to protect her hair). After raising six children, she took classes at a community college and found work as a bookkeeper. Later, she enrolled in classes and became a realtor – a career she excelled at and loved. Despite not always getting along (we both had very strong personalities), I miss her terribly. I love you mom. Happy Birthday!