Raymond's mother, Marie, is the one my kids say I am most like. In one particularly funny and poignant episode, Marie explains to her grown children what it means to be a mother. Talking about love and consistency and never-ending patience, she ends with, "You just love them. You love them no matter what, and then you pray that someday, somehow, they'll remember how much pain they caused you."
I get Marie. In her own skewed way she is the ultimate mother. She understands what it means to be a parent, and knows that motherhood is about sacrifice, joy and a healthy dose of martyrdom.
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