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A Salute to the Moms

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Who Deserves a Glass of Riesling?
Every Mom on Planet Earth
Deserves a Glass of Riesling.

Because you had to deal with all my ups and downs, physical ailments, emotional turmoils,
psychic meanderings, pangs of love lost and love found, curfews passed,
alarm clocks snoozed, homework done and then eaten by an invisible dog,
chores forgotten, +++…and you still loved me.
“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” Mark Twain

Because you gave me rhubarb and I hated it; you gave me corned beef and I spat it out;
you gave me brussels sprouts and I gagged; you gave me cauliflower and I ran to my room;
you gave me fresh peas and I preferred the Jolly Green Giant’s version;
you gave me cereal with fresh fruit on top and I made a beeline for the Fruit Loops…
and you still persisted until the message sunk in.
“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it.
And I’m President of the United States 

and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” George H.W. Bush

Because you gave me the freedom to be whatever I wanted to be
and the encouragement to pursue whatever I wanted to do,
with the safety net to know that potential failure was just part of the journey forward.
“When I was a child, my mother said to me:
‘If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general. If you become a monk, you’ll end up as the Pope.
Instead I became a painter, and wound up as Picasso.” Pablo Picasso

Because you taught me how to be responsible, loving, passionate, forgiving,
thoughtful, empathetic, sympathetic, mindful, curious, a good listener, responsive
and all the other traits that are required to be a good person.
“Because no matter how small an act of kindness or generosity or simple positivity
you put out into the world, it will make a difference.” Wonder Woman