One of the key reasons that I’m in Vermont for a couple of weeks is my mother’s 80th birthday, which is today. Many of my siblings (I’m one of eight kids) and their families will be there, others will be joining us by Skype or FaceTime, and we’ve invited many of Mom’s friends from church and the local area. It should be fun.
It seems Mom is always smiling, except when she’s (justifiably) yelling at one of us troublemaking kids. We’ll do our best to keep her smiling a lot tonight.