this date I will call to check on my mother, and she will sound ... happy. Despite the new cancer-threat. Or at least ... in "good spirits", as they say. Not denying reality, but not sounding like it's about to break either. I believe that despite her frailty in some situations, my mother has gotten a lot stronger over the years. Especially after surviving one bout of cancer in 2003 but also in general. I don't know if this signifies anything, but on a day like that it will be enough for me.