allow me to introduce you to my mom, anne
my mom is the oldest of 7 children. she lived in philadelphia, and attended Catholic school all the way through college. she has instilled in me a true sense of family and of faith;
my mom is a retired high school science teacher. for 20 years of her teaching career, she taught at Catholic schools. my mom was the teacher who would send kids home on *free dress* day if their clothing was inappropriate. she has instilled in me the importance of education and of self-respect;
my mom had four daughters over the course of 7 years. she was able to stay at home with us, and did not go back to teaching until the youngest was in school. while she was home, she taught piano lessons from our living room. she did not teach us however - we took lessons from other teachers. she has instilled in me a true balance of work and family and a love of music.
my mom is a gifted accompanist, and as long as i can remember, she has accompanied choruses, choirs, community theatre productions and talent shows. she has instilled in me a love of choral music and musical theatre;
my mom serves on boards and vestries, giving of her time and talent even when there didn't seem to be any time left to give. she has instilled in me a sense of dedication and community service;
my mom always prepared family dinners and expected us to be present. our dinners always included vegetables. she has instilled in me the importance of good conversation and good nutrition;
my mom is a wonderful hostess, and thoroughly enjoys entertaining at home. over the years, she has welcomed family, neighbors, and strangers from around the world alike. she has instilled in me the belief that life can truly be one big "open house;"
my mom is an eleven year cancer survivor. she has instilled in me the belief that a known enemy is much easier to face than an unknown enemy. she is proof that early detection will truly save a life.
saying thank you for all of this could never be enough. i love you, mom!