The dictionary definition of Kindness is; the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.  Kindness is such a simple act.  It is something we are taught at a very, very young age.  I can hear my parents telling me, be kind to your teachers, be kind to your friends, be kind to your grandparents and be kind to strangers!  I always thought and still do, that I don’t have to be best friends with everyone, although, I do need to be kind and considerate. 


Obviously something has shifted in our culture to question kindness.  We all saw kindness being questioned this week on social media when Ellen DeGeneres was sitting next to former President George W. Bush at a baseball game.  How can two people with such different points of view, appear to be enjoying a baseball game next to each other?  Ellen DeGeneres answered this question so eloquently.  We are all different, we all have different values and ideas and we don’t all have to agree on everything!  Despite our differences, we should be kind to each other!


In today’s world, I think, we need to bring back Kindness!  Our culture needs to reminded about the importance of being friendly, generous and considerate.  Again, such a simple act.  We can still have our opinions and differences and at the same time, be kind to each other! 


Be kind whenever possible.  It is always possible.   Dalai Lama



The Winds have begun to Turn!


I’m sure you all have noticed how the winds have turned!  The beginning of last week it was 80 degrees and by the end of the week it was down to 50 degrees!  I almost thought I would turn my heat on Friday night!  How quickly the winds turn!


I also think this a real life analogy!  How quickly the winds of our lives can turn!  One minute, life can be hot and muggy and the next minute it’s cold and crazy!  I think the turns keep us on our toes and also keeps life interesting!  Our lives can be happy and sad all at the same time too!  A new wind blows in and it can all turn in a new direction!  Amazing!


The winds are turning at Suzy’s Swirl too!  Suzy’s is swirling awesome fall flavors!  Plus, we are Swirling Spiked Pints!  Delicious flavors of Pina Colada, Bourbon Caramel, Pink Champagne and Moscow Mule!  They are amazing on their own and when you add a little more liquor to them!  You can find Suzy’s Spiked Pints at our store, online and at Caputo’s in Lake Forest! 


The Winds of Grace are always blowing, but you have to raise the sail!            





Hurray it's a New Season of TV!

Raise your hand if you’re as excited as me about the new season of tv starting this week? It’s not that I watch a lot of tv, although, there are a few that I find entertaining! This is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away With Murder, New Amsterdam are just to name a few. For me tv is a great escape from the real world. Sometimes a girl just wants to chill out and relax!

Life can move at such a fast pace, we’re all running to one thing to the next and it seems like we never sit down unless we’re in our car driving to the next event! Even the newer cars make it hands free to respond to text messages and make phone calls! Our cars are a mobile office! It’s nice to stop and take a break!

I have found that I enjoy just sitting and being still! There are some days that I think we are like gerbils running on that metal wheel. Running, running, running! That brings me back to why I am excited about the new fall tv line up! It’s nice to curl up on the couch and just turn off your head and relax. What’s even better is curling up on the couch with a cup of Suzy’s Swirl and watching your favorite new tv show! Everything is better with Suzy’s Swirl! I hope you’ll stop in before your favorite new tv show is on!

For fast acting relief, try slowing down - Lily Tomlin


Where do you look for inspiration?

I am always looking for places and people of inspiration for my life. I know I can’t do this thing called life, all by myself. I know that my parents, my family, my friends and co-workers inspire me. Recently, a person I have never met and may never meet has become a huge source of inspiration to me! This person is Maria Shriver and her Facebook Blog called, The Sunday Paper.

The Sunday Paper is informative, inspiring and profound. Maria offers a unique perspective on life, on relationships and the world. Each week she writes about current news and how it relates to the real person. Each week she brings other inspiring peoples stories and view points to the paper too! You will always learn something new and maybe be given a different way to see the world!

Maria Shriver is part of the Kennedy Royalty, she was married to Arnold Schwarzenegger and was First Lady of California. Some may think there is no way with that kind of background that she would be relatable, that is so not true! Maria Shriver is a real person! She and her family have had their share of ups and downs and their share of sadness. She really is just like you and me!

If you are looking for weekly inspiration - I highly recommend that you read Maria Shriver’s, The Sunday Paper! She also has a great book and journal, “I’ve Been Thinking” - they are both awesome! Look we are all living busy busy lives, try to take a few minutes each Sunday to be still and read The Sunday Paper with Maria Shriver. Let me know what you think!

You are the leader you’ve been looking for - Maria Shriver


Flip Flops or Boots

It’s that time of year when I want to hold onto my flip flops for as long as I can! I love the feel of my toes just hanging out and soaking up the warm sun! It’s a great way to display my freshly manicured feet and toes! Plus, flip flops look great with anything I’m wearing!

It’s that time of year too, when all of the new boots are on display at every shoe store! Those cute booties in rich colors of brown, plums and black! There’s also nothing better then a cool pair of boots, jeans and a comfy sweater! You can go anyplace with that kind of outfit!

I know this sounds like such a goofy and simple topic, sometimes it’s just nice to be goofy! I have found that life, at times, can become way to serious and complicated! There’s a reason why there are those cute little books with the title, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff! At the end of day ask yourself this question, which do I prefer Flip flops or Boots and let me know!

Give your stress wings and let it fly away - Terri Guillemets


Happy Labor Day!

It’s finally here, the last official holiday of the summer, Labor Day! The first Labor Day Celebration was held on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882, in New York City, while Oregon was the first state to actually adopt a Labor Day law on February 21, 1887. Labor Day is observed to celebrate the contributions of organized labor and workers to the prosperity of the U.S. economy.

Labor Day is the day to throw down your tools and spend time with your friends and family, cook some hot dogs and corn on the grill and enjoy the day! For many of us, this is the unofficial end of the summer! It’s the beginning of a new school year for our kids, football games begin and the leaves on the trees are just starting to turn!

Now the big question is, how do we continue to keep the sweetness of summer going? Let’s keep wearing our flip flops as long as we can - tank tops during the day and sweatshirts at night - suntan lotion all day long! The most important thing too, keep that summertime attitude shining through!

Celebrate Labor Day with Suzy’s Swirl! Come into Suzy’s on Monday, September 2nd, and if you Guess the Weight of your awesome Cup Exactly, you will get it for FREE! That’s right, for FREE! Just Guess the Exact Weight! I hope to see you and your family at Suzy’s Swirl!

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it - Mother Teresa


One Holiday at a Time, Please!

Here’s the countdown on our next 3 major Holidays:

Halloween 67 more days

Thanksgiving 95 more days

Christmas 122 more days

So, I ask you, why can’t we just enjoy the next 67 more days celebrating Halloween?  Why are Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations already taking up space at stores?  When did the almighty dollar take over the choices that the retail stores are making?  Why can’t we enjoy one holiday at a time? 

When I was a kid, not that long ago, Marshall Fields wouldn’t unveil their Christmas Windows until the day after Thanksgiving! The Sears, magical toy catalog, didn’t arrive at your home until after Thanksgiving! No one ever turned on their Christmas lights until day after Thanksgiving! There’s just something about waiting with excitement and wonder for each holiday to begin individually, not all clumped together!

I’ll admit, my favorite time of year is Fall!  I love everything about it!  The colors, sweatshirts, cardigans, pumpkins, mums, cool evenings, my list can go on and on.  I don’t want to rush it!  We still have 23 more days of Summer and I think we should all enjoy each and every one of them!

Please know that at Suzy’s Swirl we will be celebrating one holiday at a time!  We are still Swirling Summer Flavors at Suzy’s and we will not get ahead of ourselves! There will be NO PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) at Suzy’s until it is officially Fall!

Swirl into Suzy’s and Keep Enjoying the Summer!



Back to School!

It’s hard to believe it’s time to send our kids back to school! Where has the summer gone? Did you get everything done that you wanted? Did you take time to read a good book? Did the kids have time to run through the sprinkler and go to the pool? Don’t worry if you didn’t get it all done! There’s still time, summer doesn’t officially end until Monday, September 23rd!

As the new school year begins and you are out purchasing new backpacks, notebooks, pens and crayons, take a moment to talk to your kids about Kindness and Respect. Kindness and Respect can be shown in so many ways during the school year and really anytime of year! Let’s remind our kids:

  • Say a simple Hi to other kids waiting at the bus stop with you! Everyone is feeling a little nervous or anxious on the first day of school!

  • Say Good Morning to the Bus Driver! This is not an easy job - be respectful!

  • Don’t be afraid to be the first one to raise your hand in class! Let your voice be heard!

  • Don’t judge anyone for what they wear or look like! We are all unique individuals!

  • It’s ok to be an Athlete and be in Drama too!

  • Ask the new kid in your class to sit with you at lunch!

  • Remember please and thank you’s!

  • Really let your Mom and Dad know how school is going! They really are the most trusted people to bring your highs and lows of the day to!

School can be both an amazing place to learn and make long lasting friendships! School can also be a place of bullying and hatred! Students all get so busy right off the get go with sports, band, drama club and the list goes on and on. Keeping the lines of communication open is so important! If I could do anything different when my kids were in High School, I would have put all of the cell phones away at night! Let them take a break from all of the outside noise! Maybe you can give it a try! Let me know if works!

In the Words of Dr. Seuss -

You have brains in your Head. You have feet in your Shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you Choose!




Merriam-Webster Dictionary says the definition of Kindness is, the quality or state of being kind; treating people with kindness and respect.  Also, it means, a kind deed or favor; they did me a great kindness. 

After the current tragedies in Texas and Ohio, someone on the crazy news said, we should be focusing on all of the acts of kindness that happened in lieu of these tragedies. The random strangers who brought water and food to the meeting areas!  The nurse who started CPR and the other strangers who drove the wounded to the hospital!  All acts of kindness!

One of my favorite movies is Evan Almighty!  It stars Steve Carell and Morgan Freeman.  It’s a great movie about trust, faith and one small Act of Random Kindness (ARK)! If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it!    Can you imagine our world, our neighborhood, our family if we had more trust, faith and created small acts of random kindness! 

I don’t think there is one specific answer or solution to the craziness that is happening in our world.  I do know that if we had more Kindness in our world it definitely would be a better world!  I challenge you to do one kind thing a day or one kind thing a week!  Kindness is so simple; it needs to start now!

Be the reason someone smiles.  Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people!   


It's Off to College they Go!

It seems like only yesterday that we were packing up my oldest son to head off to college!  At the time I didn’t know any better, we kept our purchases in the Target bags or just threw them in the car! We packed his shoes in green plastic bags and his clothes in boxes. As we pulled out of our driveway, with his very sad friends waving good bye, we all put on our sunglasses and didn’t talk for about an hour or two!  We had to stay overnight in Carbondale before he could move into the dorms and my husband says; “this is the biggest time of year that cars get broken into because they know you’re moving into a dorm!”  All I could think of is; “you’ve got to be kidding me, did you lock the truck!?”  I watched Joe sleep that night, thinking that’s the last time I’ll see him sleeping as my little boy! 

Now fast forward to present day!  After doing the college drop off several times now, it’s definitely a lot easier and it’s definitely a lot less emotional!   Here are some tips to help any first time parents sending bringing their kids to college!

1.     Keep any clothes on hangers – use a white garbage bag to scoop all the clothes up into the bag and use the drawstring of the bag to secure all the hangers

2.    Purchase 3-4 large totes and set them out in your garage.  As you buy things for college put them into a tote.  Keeps you organized, you can see what you have and what you still need – don’t forget school supplies!

3.    College students really do like mail!  Every now and then send a funny card or a note and try to include a gift card to Starbucks or Walgreens!

4.    You think the meal plan is such a great idea – it is at first and then it becomes gross!  Be prepared to pack snacks!

5.    Try to encourage your college student to stay at school!  Encourage them to get involved in something!  The more they come home, especially on weekends, the more difficult it is for your college student to feel a part of their new community!

Finally, let your son or daughter know how proud you are of them!  This is not an easy transition for them either, no matter how confident they may seem!  Get ready to put on your sunglasses and buckle up for this crazy ride!                                 


You Scream, I Scream, We all Scream for Suzy's Swirl!

It’s the end of July - can you believe it! You walk into any Target, Meijer’s or Walgreens and it’s all about back to school! It seems like our summer has just begun! Don’t you remember a few short months ago and how cold it was! I truly believe there’s something true about all of this climate change business! It just means it will stay warmer all the way to November! From my mouth to Mother Nature’s Ears!

Now’s the time to Swirl into Suzy’s and just relax! Let us help you take a moment to Swirl some Frozen Happiness! We have an amazing flavor line up Swirling at Suzy’s! Imagine transporting yourself to Key West with our Key Lime Yogurt, topped with Graham Cracker Crumbs and Marshmallow sauce! If it’s too hot in the kitchen come to Suzy’s and Swirl a refreshing Lime Whip and Strawberry Whip Swirled together and topped with fresh fruit! If you’re looking for something just down right yummy, give our Brown Butter Yogurt a try, it’s just like your Mom’s Cookie Dough, without any chips! That’s just to name a few of the flavors we will be Swirling at Suzy’s! Soon we will be Swirling the flavors for the change in season, Autumn Spice, Apple Cider Donut and Apple Pie! Not too soon though!!

There is still plenty of time to enjoy our beautiful summer! I hope you find the time to kick off your shoes and walk through your green green grass! Take a moment to look at all of the beautiful flowers that are in full bloom and maybe even run through the sprinkler and cool off! However you spend these next weeks, try to make some time for Suzy’s Swirl!

Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language! -Henry James


Be a part of the Solution!

Every time I turn on the news it’s one incredibly sad story after the next! The news seems to be reporting every horrific happening in the world! It makes me stop and take pause and say - is there anything good happening in my community and the world?? I know in my heart, there are a lot of good things happening in my community and the world!

I truly believe the news, reality shows and social media have a HUGE impact on how we live our lives, how we treat people and how we think! We judge and compare our lives to the tiny snippets we see on Facebook or Instagram. We get mad and infuriated at our country based on what the news feeds us and what craziness is tweeted! I know I am not the only one who feels this way!

So what can we do? Let’s all be a part of a Solution and not a continuation of the Problem! Let’s all change the narrative! First, turn off the boob tube! Enough of being fed stories of unrealistic lives and crazy news! Second, get out into your community and do some good! Volunteer at the hospital, stop into your local nursing home with a bouquet of flowers and say hello to a stranger passing by! Finally let’s just be Kind Humans!

Before we hit send or speak out to quickly, pause for one minute! Ask yourself the following - Is this how I want to be treated? Am I being a continuation of the problem or am I being a part of the Solution? Hopefully it is the Solution! Go out today and do something nice for someone! Be a Kind Human!

Live the Golden Rule - Treat Others Like You Want to be Treated!


What is Your Guilty Summer Pleasure?

What is Your Guilty Summer Pleasure? 

The Urban Dictionary says guilty pleasures are those things we shouldn’t like, but we like anyways!  Here are a few examples of guilty pleasures; tweeting while taking a bubble bath, listening to a Barry Manilow CD, listening to a guy talk with an accent and regifting!   I’d say those are guilty pleasures!

Let’s move to Guilty Summer Pleasures!  For me it’s staying in my pj’s all day on my day off, binge watching Hallmark Channel movies, walking up and down the aisles of Whole Foods, finally taking an entire day to read a good book!  What’s your Guilty Summer Pleasure?

I think it’s important to take time out of our crazy busy days and just do something that relaxes you!  Find something to do by yourself or even better with your family!  Visit your local farmer’s market, go to the concert in your park, run through the sprinkler or have a family movie night in the middle of the week!

A Summer Pleasure that is never thought to be Guilty is coming to Suzy’s Swirl, Sunday – Saturday 11:00am to 10:00pm!  Swirl with us each and every day and sometimes even twice in one day!  You never have to feel Guilty about enjoying Suzy’s Swirl!   


Happy 4th of July!

The Wonders of the 4th of July 

As this Historic Americana weekend raps up, let’s look back as to why we celebrate July 4th!  As many of us know July 4th has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation!

John Adams wrote to Abigail Adams saying that this day should be celebrated with pomp and parade, games, sports and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other! The first display of fireworks was on July 4, 1777.  The evening closed with the ringing of bells and a grand display of fireworks! 

July 4th is such an amazing day!  It’s one day that all Americans dress in Red, White and Blue and celebrate our Independence!  Let’s never take for granted what our Freedom really means! 

God Bless the USA!


Amazing Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders!


This past week Kathy and I attended our first WBENC convention in Baltimore, Maryland!  WBENC is the acronym for Women’s Business Enterprise National Conference.  WBENC is the largest certifier for women-owned businesses in the U.S. and a leading advocate for women business owners and entrepreneurs!  We had an amazing time! You need to visit our Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram to see and read more of the exciting details!

In the midst of managing my way through 4000 people and many remarkable sessions, I had to stop and take pause!  I was blown away meeting such amazing and innovative women entrepreneurs! Listening to these leader’s stories and how they are making their mark on the world was inspiring!  Even amongst 4000 people, you could feel their excitement and support for each other!

I started thinking about how can we help inspire young women to become leaders and entrepreneurs and more mature women make their dreams come true!  Let’s start with saying less “Maybe” or “Possibly” and more “I Will” and “I Can”.  Don’t be afraid of failure!  At Suzy’s we say, Fail Forward Magnificently!  Don’t Give Up!  Be brave, be bold, be confident!  Get involved and build up a network.  Be Kind!  Learn to build up other girls and women!  Trust your Gut!  You’ve Got This!

You’re never too young or too old to be a woman entrepreneur!  It can be as simple as a Lemonade Stand or moving up to an incredible Frozen Yogurt Store! Think about all of the awesome leaders you have in your life, starting with our Mom’s, teacher’s, sister’s, mentor’s and the list can go on and on….

If you can dream it, you can achieve it!

Zig Ziglar


Suzy's Swirl

Suzy’s Swirl 

It is hard to believe that Suzy’s Swirl has been in existence for 7years!  Wow – how fast 7years have gone by!  To this day we still have young kids and adults ask how did Suzy’s Swirl get its name?  Is this a franchise?  Who’s Suzy?  How long have you been in Lake Bluff?  The most ever asked question, Why did you leave Gurnee?  So here are some answers to these questions and a few more interesting tid bits about Suzy’s Swirl!

Suzy’s Swirl is not a Franchise.  We started Suzy’s Swirl in Gurnee Il in August of 2012.  Suzy’s is a family owned business and it was started by sister’s Kathy and Sue, along with Sue’s family, Jen, Joe, Jim and Julie.  A funny fact, Julie was only 13 years old when we opened and she trained us all on how to use the registers!  In 2014 we opened our 2nd Suzy’s Swirl in Lake Bluff Il. 

Since closing the Gurnee location in 2017, our most popular question has been, Why Did You Close the Gurnee Store?  We love all of our awesome customers and dear friends in Gurnee!  Our lease was up and we wanted to open a few new doors to focus on bringing Suzy’s Swirl to the retail market!  We too, miss Gurnee, we are thankful for all of our Gurnee customers who have found Suzy’s Swirl in Lake Bluff! All of us at Suzy’s Swirl are so grateful for all of our customers!

In case you didn’t know, Suzy’s Swirl is not named after Sue!  We wanted to name the store Swirl – we could Swirl anything – that name was already trademarked!  Kathy and Sue grew up in the Chicagoland area watching WGN, channel 9, Ray Rayner and each Christmas they would play Here comes Suzy’s Snowflake followed by Hard Rock, Coco and Joe!  We thought hmm, Suzy’s Swirl – awesome name!  Sue now loves being called Suzy!  We hope you continue to enjoy Suzy’s Swirl!


Happy Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day

Here’s a little background on how Father’s Day came to be.  Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by, Sonora Smart Dodd.  Her Father was a single parent to six children and a Civil War Veteran.  Sonora was listening to a service at her Church Honoring Mother’s and she went to her Pastor saying they should have something similar for Father’s! 

Her crusade to celebrate this day was not easy.  Sonora started in 1910 and it took 62 years to finally get this day signed into Law.  In 1996 President Johnson issued the first Presidential Proclamation Honoring Fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  Six years later the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Nixon signed it into law in 1972!  Whoo!  What a long process!

Well Dad’s, today is your day!  What do most Dad’s like to do on this day?  My research shows that most Dad’s want to just hang out with their family!  A breakfast with bacon – a fun day with the family – finish the day with a cook out – that’s what many Dad’s said was their idea of a Great Father’s Day!  Suzy’s Swirl is a great way to finish the day too!! 

I have great memories of my Dad, there are some days I can smell his pipe tobacco and I’m still amazed at how he could pat his head, smoke his pipe and read a book at the same time!  He was an amazing story teller and loved to read!  My husband loved spending time with his kids and was a big Muskie fisherman!  Family was so important to them both!  I hope you all have special memories of your Dad!

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a Dad!


What Women Inspires You?

As many young women are graduating from high school and college this June, it makes me stop and ponder the questions – Who Inspires these women to be the best they can be?  Who Inspires these women to keep on going when times get tough?  Not just “Who” Inspires them, but “What” Inspires them?

When I was younger, my Inspiration was my Mom!  For different reasons then you might think!  My Mom was one of the few Mom’s on our block that had a job outside of our home.  She was a very good realtor!  She worked nights and weekends! My Mom was so ahead of her time!  I was one of the original latchkey kids!  She Inspired me to want to be a Stay at Mom!  I also found out that it would be my most difficult and rewarding job ever! 

Let’s fast forward to 2019.  Who Inspires the young women of today? Is it their Mom, Sister, Aunt, Grandma, Teacher, Coach, Friend or TV Reality Star….?  Where are they getting their Inspiration from?  Is it from an experience, a job, a book, a poem or in today’s world a Podcast?  There are so many Podcasts to choose from to help Inspire Women such as, Earn Your Happy, Let’s Discuss and Style Your Mind, just to name a few!  Where young women get their inspiration from is very different in 2019! 

My list of women that inspire me has grown since I was a young women and it continues to grow!  My Sisters, my Mother-in-law, women I have worked with and my daughter’s inspire me!  There are so many different kinds of Influencers in today’s world – from Kylie Jenner, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres and Selena Gomez!  These women all have very compelling stories of Inspiration!

Take a minute today and think about Who Inspires You, What Inspires You and Where You found Your Inspiration!  It can be as simple as your next door neighbor, as spiritual as Mother Theresa, well known like Oprah or Your very own Mom!  There are so many ways to find Inspiration in our lives! 

“Everyone has inside them a piece of good news. The good news is you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is.”– Anne Frank       

Live – Love – Swirl


Let the Summer Begin


Can you believe it is the beginning of June?  The month of June is a time for celebrations!  High School and College graduations, Weddings and of course Father’s Day!  June is also the beginning of Summer Vacation for so many of us!  What does your family do during Summer Vacation?

When my kids were younger, swimming lessons were always first on the list of our Summer Vacation plans!  I do not know how to swim and I wanted to be sure my kids could save me if I fell into the water!  Thank you Miss Donna for being such a great swimming teacher!  Each summer we also went up to Eagle River, Wisconsin!  We would rent a cabin, go fishing, tubing and take it easy!  Just disconnect!  I hope my kids have happy memories of their Summer Vacations!

It seems like the days are moving so fast and we are all so rushed!  Summer Vacation is a time to slow down and relax!  Take your shoes off and walk through the thick, cool, lush grass!  Run through the sprinkler and color your sidewalks with sidewalk chalk!  Try to have some chill days in the midst of all of the rushing around!

Don’t forget to make Suzy’s Swirl a part of your Summer Vacation plans too!  We plan on Swirling Sensational Flavors for all of your celebrations!  Suzy’s Swirl can be enjoyed at Suzy’s or ordered online to enjoy at your home! 

Smell the sea and feel the sky.  Let your soul and spirit fly.

Van Morrison


Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day – By Erma Bombeck 

 “When God Created Mothers"

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands."  

The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way."

It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have."

That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word."

God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow...."

I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower."

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed.

But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure."

Can it think?"

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model."

It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."

What's it for?"

It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride."

You are a genius, " said the angel.

Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there.”