Gabriele Rico and friends, at Suzanne Rico's 48th birthday party.

Mom and Friends

Today is my mom’s 79th birthday. This photograph was taken on MY 48th birthday, just six weeks before she died. She was so ill, literally being eaten alive by “the emperor of all maladies.” But did she decide to stay home? Nope. Not only did she come to the party, she was the LIFE of it and I treasure, treasure, treasure this memory. I mean, truly, look at that smile. “F@$K off, Death!” she’s saying. “Today I’m going to laugh out loud.”

 
Don’t forget to LOL, people. Who knows how many more belly laughs we all get.
 
Mama, I miss you, miss you, miss you. Right now, I’m going to go put on that light blue fleece you are wearing in this picture and snuggle up. It’s hanging right there in my closet, and I think of you whenever I need to keep warm.