Despite hardship and grave illnesses, my mom was an eternal optimist and positive person. At her funeral, the priest said that he would visit everyone in nursing homes and then go to my mother's house to get cheered up. He said she was like eating an energy bar every day for a month and so she was. Her affirmation of me and my children was absolute and unconditional. She never let time go by without telling us how much she loved us and how proud of us she was. I miss my cheerleader, friend, and confidante. She cannot be replaced.
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