Mother was the prize of her family, the first one to go to college. After graduating as valedictorian, she became a high school teacher, married a man who didn't drink, and made a safe, secure home for their children.
Her own childhood had been less stable, with the family moving every year or so as her father picked up and lost various jobs. He was an alcoholic, which made life hard.
Mother was determined to give her children a better childhood, and she did. Thank you, Mother, and happy birthday.