We celebrated my mother’s 93rd birthday today. I am overwhelmed with gratitude that she remains healthy, active and clear of mind, especially in light of how I see others aging. I believe old age is simply a distillation of a life lived. My mother has always been a kind and loving person, generous and forgiving. Her deep faith guided her through life’s challenges…my sister’s tragic brain injury, torturous 30 year decline and death, and the loss of my father 10 years ago.