Thanks to my mom, I got this picture. I was up in Toledo these past few days because she was having surgery. Fortunately, it was an elective thing, not a life or death thing, and it all went well. But she is an 81 year old diabetic, so any general anesthesia procedure carries some risk and I wanted to be there. Gail and I left a 72 degree day here in Winston last Monday to battle the ice and snow up in northern Ohio. Brrr! On the day of her surgery, the trees (the ones that didn’t crack, break and fall) were still beautifully caked in thick ice. After her surgery, while we were still in the waiting room and the sun was getting low in the sky, I was struck by a most beautiful sky. The clouds, the low sun glimmering on the icicled trees, the rainbow of colors, the partly frozen pond of Flower Hospital, with the ever-present ducks and geese. My mom would have loved this moment, and I knew it would disappear very quickly, and it did as one of the heavy clouds obscured the sun. I wanted my camera so bad! But I only had my iPhone. So before the image was lost, I hurriedly ran outside and took the picture with the iPhone anyway. It will be a good memory of my mom’s successful surgical day. Thanks, Ma! For everything!