My mom—she’s Italian. She’s very welcoming. She’s always met a new friend. And she always makes too much food and invites everybody over.

Growing up, my dad was a firefighter, and on the days that he worked 24-hour shifts, mom would take my siblings and me to Bob’s Big Boy to get a hot fudge sundae for a treat. Or we would make breakfast for dinner. Or we would go visit my dad at the fire station and on the way home, we’d beg mom to give the car “hiccups,” where she would pump the brakes. These are the memories that I will always treasure. 

To my mom, and to all moms everywhere, have a very happy Mother’s Day!