My mom passed away 18 months ago, at the age of 93. She was an amazing woman. A single mom with only an eighth-grade education and no real marketable skills, I watched her work cleaning offices and waiting tables as I was growing up in order to provide a home for my brother and me. There were difficult times, financially and otherwise, but my mom rarely complained. To me, she always seemed to be so full of life and love, ready to help anyone in need. I miss her.