My Mom raised my Brother and I pretty much on her own. Worked hard and made sure she could give us things we needed (but a lot more of things that we wanted). We also, I think sometimes forget that our Moms were our age at one time. My Mom has had romances, has jumped in the ocean naked after too many drinks. Has broken hearts and of course, had had hers broken. Has cried and laughed more times then I have and her stories are still better then any movie I have ever seen. She is the best cook in the world and will always hug you when you meet her. I love this lady, as crazy as she can be at times..the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!