My mom has been gone nearly nine years. Our family had the reunion this weekend for the matriarchal side, it was very sad to see the older generation dwindling from that large family. It is a blessing to see the love and care given to my aunts and uncles from their families. We are trying to carry on the tradition in a time of fast moving life and interests that carry us away from the importance of our families. Beachbum, like my mom and me, you and your mom were very close. I still 'talk' to her at times when I feel her memory and give her a hello frequently.