I just lost my mom this past Thursday. She had several physical challenges during her life, but I never heard her once complain about it or play the victim role. The odd thing was that she seemed to be on the mend lately, when out of the blue she quietly slipped away. I suppose it's a bit fortunate that she didn't have to endure too much suffering.
There's a list of things I wish I had been able to do or say to her before this happened, but I think no matter how long she lived, there would have always been some sort of list. The best thing I can do now is to spend a lot of time with my dad. It's the first time he's been by himself in 49 years. As he said "it's always been us, not just me. I don't think I can ever get used to that".
What I learned from her was a tremendous strength in adversity and to never lose your sense of humor! She had a great ability to find out what your concerns were, and then make them her own. Even though she didn't agree completely with me on political issues, she donated to Dr. Paul's campaign a few times because she knew it was important to me.
This is why I come to this site everyday. Not only am I always learning about the cause of liberty and current events, but how many other places will you see these type of discussions (non-mainstream!) on Mother's Day?