Thanks for all the encouraging comments, folks.
Please know that were my Mom to blog, you'd probably get to hear that I'm uncommunicative (I don't talk much, confide, and so on); I'm impatient; I'm not as respectful as I should be, and I don't listen to what she has to say, or treat it with appropriate respect.
I also don't dress appropriately much of the time, and don't bother to think how I look. (I also don't wear makeup, despite her encouragement, nor do I wear proper shoes, or skirts/dresses, etc.)
I'm not as supportive as I should be; this is especially true in comparison with several of my cousins and their relationship with their mother.
I don't think about other people enough, and am too self-centered.
All of these things are true, just so you know.
That said, we're doing a bit better. I think we're both trying hard.
We went to Hiroshima yesterday, and that was good for us. It's a good reminder that our petty irritations are just that.
We're off for our tour, and probably won't have internet access in the near future. Take care, blogfriends!