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June 22, 2009
My mom’s birthday is the same as mine.
Once she told me she had a “birthday” resolution: that she was going to, very soon, quit smoking.

Four days afterwards
(5 years and 7 months ago;
2,039 days ago today
),
she did. And I was so proud of her.

Every month on my calendar,
the 22nd said “Mama’s quit day!”

In grammar school, I made her a card every month that had a circle with a line drawn through it, and a cigarette in the middle, the front reading “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!”
or “I’M SO PROUD OF YOU!”

I still am now.