It's almost 7 years since my mom died, so get ready for #deadmomMarch2k16!!
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    When she'd say, "It's Friiiiiiday!" in the same singsong voice every Friday when she picked me and my sisters up from school
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    Her handwriting
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    Holding her hand while we crossed the street, even as a teenager
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    The warm milk with vanilla and cinnamon she'd sometimes make for a special treat
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    Her extreme attention to detail
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    The perfect birthday parties she threw
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    How she remembered all my friends', teachers', and distant acquaintances' names even when I only mentioned them once
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    How she'd tease me for the way I pronounce "vegetable"
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    How excited she got about going to Disney World
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    How she'd wake me up for school in 6th grade
    The only year I had to wake up much earlier than my sisters, she would climb into bed with me, snuggle for a few minutes, and then kick me out to go get ready for school while she stayed in my warm bed. It made me so grumpy/happy.
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    Sharing green bean fries with her at TGI Friday's
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    Laying my head in her lap while she tweezed my eyebrows
    She was a fanatic about eyebrow maintenance (I was not) (she would have been waaay into saying "eyebrows on fleek" omg) and sometimes she would insist on tweezing my eyebrows for me. I always hated it, but now I miss it.
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    How she'd say "when mommy's around, nothing bad can happen" when I was nervous about something
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    Going to Starbucks with her when I was little and sharing a newspaper (I got the comics, she got the rest) while we drank our drinks (decaf tall skim latte for her and cocoa for me)
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    When she'd try to synchronize our steps while we walked together and then I'd mess us up on purpose and she'd laugh and laugh
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    When she'd get a twinkle in her eye and say, "I know where we should go..."
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    That summer we took a calligraphy class together
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    Playing war (the card game) with her on the porch on vacation
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    Celebrating her birthday the whole month of December
    (Especially at cheesy touristy restaurants on winter break)
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    How she loved rearranging furniture so much that she'd draw up little floorplans to help me decide how to set up my bedroom
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    Her hugs
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    She way she smelled
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    When she'd wink at me from across the room
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    How she stuck by me even when I was the biggest dork in the WORLD
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    Her Jan Brady cheerleading impression omg 👌🏼
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    Her laugh
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    Playing word games with her while we were waiting places
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    How cute she was with my dad
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    How she'd force me onto thrill rides I ended up loving
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    How soft her hands were
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    Her dorky clothes
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    Her STRONG opinions about things that didn't matter
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    When we'd accidentally dress matching because we both had super boring wardrobes
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    Watching What Not to Wear with her
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    How she would just make our Halloween costumes with no instructions and they'd turn out super cute every time
    I was a butterfly two years in a row 🙃
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    When she'd get super into a popular song out of nowhere
    The fact that she never got to hear Nicki Minaj KILLS me
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    How fearless she was
    From jumping off the high dive as a little kid to getting stage 4 cancer at 46
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    How she'd say, "I'm in the mood for something... round" when she wanted to order pizza
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    Staying up late watching her make art projects
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    How I always felt safe with her
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    When she'd make gross "Mommy McMuffins" before school sometimes
    (Eggbeaters cooked in the microwave with dried chives and cheese on low cal wheat bread)
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    How she was the most beautiful, elegant person in the world
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    How she called herself an elf (like in The Shoemaker and the Elves) when she'd make something for us while we were sleeping
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    The gap between her front teeth
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    Rubbing sunscreen on her back when we went to the beach
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    Her creativity and stubbornness
    We made this Chanukah gingerbread house to enter in a neighborhood contest when she was still doing chemo
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    How she was the IKEA furniture-building one out of my two parents
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    How she obsessively labeled all my stuff when I went off to college
    (Never getting rid of this poofy winter coat)
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    When I'd tell her I was going to miss her (before she went out of town) and she'd reply, "you better!!"
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    Having a grownup in my life who was so much like me and still turned out just fine