This morning we left the coast before seven a.m. so we could make it back to Cary in time for the extended family Mother’s Day dinner. As I sat at the head of the table in Biaggi’s restaurant and surveyed our family, I felt very proud of this group and bursting with love for them. Across the table our 38 year old son faced me. We talked briefly about a trip to Nova Scotia when he was nine, sitting at a picnic table in Fundy National Park and eating five pound lobsters that we could not finish. Next to me our 23 year old daughter talked excitedly about her up-coming graduation from UNC-G this coming Thursday. Our daughter-in-law, eight months pregnant, told us about her plans for the summer with a new baby. It seems this baby is going to get its sea-legs early since we will be taking them to Cape Lookout when baby is only a month old! All the while our grandson, Andrew, soon to be five, entertained himself at the table with Matchbox cars and spoke about starting kindergarten in August. My mother, who is ninety-two, eagerly joined the conversation and I am sure had many of the same feelings I was experiencing. My brother sat next to our mother and engaged our son in conversation about his new red truck, while my sister-in-law tried to nail down a weekend to come sailing with us. And then of course there was Bryce, sitting by my side, my rock, my soul-mate, and my PIRATE! Yes, what a joyous day to celebrate the wonderful family that we have! My wish is that every mom today can experience this pride and joy!