From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

August 1

Her hair has been set in steel curlers, permed, styled in pageboys, the poodle look and the beehive hairdo.

She has earned her nursing degree through measles, chicken pox, mumps, pneumonia, fevers, stitches, fractured arms and broken hearts.

She has journeyed through life with its tears and laughter. Her heart has known the ecstasy of a man’s love, the joy of children, the heartbreak of their mistakes, the warmth of life’s friendships, the celebration of weddings, the magnificent blessings of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

When a mother blows out 75 candles, blessed are they who surround her with their love.

Alice Collins, submitted by Geraldine Doyle

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