My mother was a great woman. She was a school lunch aid subsitute when I went to Fawcette School. She was a Girl Scout leader. I never went through being a brownie, I was a Girl Scout from the beginning. We took many bus rides to children’s hospital as a kid, to see many different doctors. She was a volunteer on several field trips for the food service vo-tech proram. She went via train to Pittsburgh for a field trip and one of the other kids spent all his money on food. He had no money for his train ride home. She paid for it. They always had a long standing joke, he owed her a cup of coffee. He became one of McKeesport’s finest police officers. She raised me as one of her own. She was with me through all my surgeries. I miss her now, but know she is there with me today. I miss as a kid going to our local neighborhood store and got red swedish fish and purple ones, too, to eat on our ride to the trailer. We seen bears, deer, turkey, elk and some type of unusual bird up in cooks forest. She taught me how to build the best fire ever. I miss you mom – you were the greatest mom a kid could have, and how did I luck out to get you.