I love my mom. She's funny, smart and loving. She's an awesome cook and great housekeeper. She's also an alcoholic and smokes like a chimney. She barely eats and she gambles. Her vices have nothing to do with us kids and she's never let us feel as though they were. I don't know her struggles in life to where she thinks these vices are healthy for healing (if she even had any struggles, she may just like doing these things!) and I hope she doesn't pass with emotional pain. That said, she was and is a good mom to us and I'm glad she knew how to love and rear her children regardless.