Here is my mom (age 45 in the picture) and me (age 22.) Every day of her life was more difficult than any day of mine has been. She taught me everything I know (and too often forget) about:

The perfect & fleeting grace of beautiful moments.

Never faltering in the face of danger or long odds.

Choosing to live each day with joy no matter how justified sadness might seem.

…and the Earth-moving power of a kind heart, good humor & a positive spirit.

She ruled. Your life would be a little bit better if you had known her.