In this photo, there are mothers & fathers, sons & daughters, grandparents and grandchildren, husbands & wives, even ex-husbands & ex-wives. There are Smiths & Finches, Metcalfs & Monacos, Kuhns & O'Steens, and a future Bravo. This is family, my family. I am truly thankful for them all.
It's my mother's birthday. I know now I am not the hero of my life, she is. All these years later, her tragedies still make me weep. And I cry out, “Behold how she was wronged.” I love you and miss you, Mom.