I have a wonderful mom for which I am very grateful that I’m her daughter.

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for just a little while and their hearts forever. ”

~ Irish Proverb ~

The economy is taking its toll on my family. About six months ago my Uncle Billy, a tugboat captain, was let go because the company no longer had work. Now my mother (Teresa), a dental lab technician, has also lost her job. I have watched the news night after night as the unemployment rate continues to rise. Today there were rumors at my job that a “big announcement” would take place on May 15th. We already have been encouraged to take two weeks off unpaid to alleviate the financial strain on the company. My brother-in-law-to-be (Terry) also works at the same company as I do and he is manager in a large production plant. I’m worried for both of us. Where is the end of this chaos?!

Mom is so beautiful and talented. When she makes a porcelain crown, you can’t even tell it didn’t naturally just grow out of your gums. It has always amazed me that she is able to make a “tooth” from a bunch of porcelain powder in little bottles. The other aspect of building a tooth is being able to see colors in the teeth. I don’t know about you, but a tooth is either white, yellow or rotting out of your head. Mom is able to see EVERY color in the teeth…it is like a crayon box full of colors…purple, blue, yellow, gray, etc. Mom finds her work to be relaxing and challenging while most people think it is not only boring, but also impossible to do. I’m so proud of her accomplishments over the years. Keep your chin up Mom and don’t lose hope and remember you are not alone.

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