I met Maureen during Yoga teacher training a few years ago. For anyone who has been through an intensive teacher training, you know that the people you take the course with make it or break it. They see your sweat, your tears, your triumphs. They see you crumble and then miraculously come out a whole new person. Maureen made me laugh the loudest even through tears, and still does to this day.
She's the type of person who's there when you need them and no matter how busy or chaotic her day or week, she will eventually break out into a giggle and smile. And her kids are totally the same. I loved seeing the bits and pieces of my friend's personality and characteristics etched into her kids. Her imprint was there on her dazzling, amazing, hilarious three.
They are all in that time of late teens to early twenties, finding their way in the world, making their dreams happen, even though their mom sometimes anchors them back down with a little nudge, or word or question. They might call her the "dream crusher" but I think she's got their backs no matter what dreams they take on.