The holiday season always makes me think of family. Today, the subject of my thoughts is my mother. She turned 80 this year and is still going strong, managing a volunteer sewing group in Florida. They make clothing for children, quilts and walker bags for nursing homes, and this year have even made blankets for the local animal shelter. Over the course of 3 years, her group made over 30,000 diapers out of recycled T-shirts. These were sent to Guyana to the Amerindian tribe there. I am always amazed at her energy ( when I was a child I used to wonder if she ever went to sleep!). Through one of her outreach projects, she developed an email correspondence with a Pastor in India. The orphanage he oversees "adopted" her as Grandmother, and last year, on her 79th birthday, had a celebration in her honor, complete with banner and a cake!