I still have a popsicle stick on which she wrote, "To my mother, who has made my bloom." To that I say, "right back at you honey, and thank you." Total reciprocity. I couldn't be more proud of the intelligent, hard-working, kind, funny, caring, talented and beautiful young woman she has become. And, I am proud of what I've become too from guiding her. She has been the greatest gift I've ever received. For those who are parents, I want you to contemplate your relationship with your children. Is it what you want it to be--why or why not? Do an honest self-evaluation. For those who aren't parents, nurturing is not restricted to those who give birth! In fact, the painting above, done by Mary Cassatt, reflects an artist who never married or had children. She considered herself a "new woman" who could flourish in her talent and accomplishment--and she did. She focused her lens on the relationships of mothers and children but never felt the need to experience that for herself. Her work has inspired and comforted admirers for over a hundred years. Your talents as a force of life need not be wasted. A friend, a relative, a pet, a cause--all can benefit from your loving kindness. Think about where you might turn your attention and then think about how that nurturing will be mirrored in yourself. This is the greatest gift you can give, and the greatest you will ever receive.