Say Yes to Life

even against her will to do things she did not want to do in order to give her the experience of living. During her senior years we forced her to do things that she was resistant to and uncomfortable with. We often made her stay out later than she thought herself capable. I remember a trip to Vegas where I kept my mother up all night beyond the point where she was exhausted just so we could watch the sun come up together. I once made her walk the streets of San Francisco until she thought her lungs would explode. I planted flowers with her long after she complained about her body aching and I made her dance with me at my wedding to rap music even though it embarrassed her. I would wait until she got in bed at night and call her just to get her up, and then call her early in the morning