Each year on my Aunt Peg’s birthday, the family always calls one another to check in, say hi and express a sentiment or two about her and how much we miss her.  The ones shared today of course made my eyes tear up, but they also brought a smile and laugh along, too.  A direct quote from my Dad:

“Peg is very proud of the strong, independent woman you have become, including your fondness of adult beverages!  I can assure you of that.”

Think that means I’ll be stopping on my way home tonight to replenish the vodka supply and raise a glass to the lady whose influence and presence in my life continues to grow stronger every year.  Happy birthday, Aunt Peg, and bottom’s up!