Spider silk is said to be stronger than steel. People speculate what kind of damage you could do with a thick strand — stop a Boeing 747 in flight, net in missiles. It's interesting to think of. Especially considering how beautiful and delicate the silk is. Some of my best memories involve dew, sunlight, and webs stretched out in airy embrace. It is everyday magic, and that is the best kind.
I bring up spider silk today because I have been thinking of strength and where it comes from. Honestly, the main thing that permits me the ability of separation is my lovely web of friends and family. I think of myself as always having a net. This net is woven by my connections with all of you. Yet, there is one thread that is stronger than the rest. True spider silk strength thread. And that is the thread my mother cast when I was born. So thin you don't see it, it is elastic enough to stretch over great distances, it sends messages to her without me saying a word, and it always catches me — no matter what. It is everyday magic that all mothers may have. But I know my mother does and that makes all the difference. That is knowledge that can shrink distances, build bridges, and allow me to face fears. That is love. And I am the luckiest person in the world to have it come from such a strong, spirited, warm and generous woman. Thank you for that and all of the hugs along the way.
Happy Mother's Day. And a happy mother's day to all of you bright, magnificent women. Especially Lori, Heather, Claudia, Sarah, and Dr. K.