In March, I always think of my mom Louann, because her birthday was on March 12. Unfortunately, she passed away more than ten years ago, but I have so many good memories of her, and also I think I have some of her traits. Starting as a nurse, she changed her life path towards teaching and family life education later in life. What I really admired about her was how much she loved to talk to, teach, and help people. She particularly liked working with young people, especially junior high and high school students. She was very “real,” open, honest, warmly demonstrative in her feelings of love, and didn’t talk down to people. She also believed in equality, which inspired her to contribute to different kinds of feminist and charitable projects and organizations. Whether working in a hospital, a school, or just at home or around town, she beamed with humor, energy, and affection. I like to think she really influenced the kind of person and teacher I am today! Please treasure the people that you consider your “family”– I mean anyone around you who inspire you and lift you up!