Thanks to all of the mothers in my life….
To my own mom for showing me how to be courageous and head-strong.
To my sister, Sue, for being my mom when my mom couldn’t be. For being the light in Texas that always brings me back home. Home is where you are.
To my sister, Vel for showing me what a lady looks and sounds like.
To my sister, Shirley for always making sure that I had a patent leather purse to match my patent leather Mary Jane’s even before I could walk.
To my sister-in-law, Cindy, for loving my brother and taking care of him all these years.
To my niece, Cary who can spin a yarn like you wouldn’t believe.
To my niece, Tracey, for being tough as nails and beating that robber down with a broom.
To my niece, Emilie, for being my partner-in-mommy-crime and the best vacation planner ever.
To my niece, Linda, for having such a tender heart.
To my niece Elizabeth, for walking through hell and not stopping.
To my grandmothers who made such beautiful quilts that comfort me and my son when we are sick or feeling far away from home.
To my Patterson aunts who showed me what a country girl really is and how to raise a boy.
To my Turner aunts who showed me how to make a home and craft and never, ever sit still.
To the mothers in Africa whose daughters have been kidnapped for bravely sending your daughters to school, for believing in their future and the future of your country. May your daughters come home soon.
To the mothers of children with special needs, you are doing the right things.
To all the mother bears out there both human and animal. Hear us roar!