The end of my day wasn’t great and I saw a friend as I was leaving work. She congratulated me on my recent engagement and said she knew my mom would be really proud of me. I wasn’t expecting to hear that and I was on the verge of tears on my way home. When I walked into my apartment, my fiancée came to hug me and suddenly propelled both of us onto the couch. I was so caught off guard with this greeting that I started giggling and the urge to cry faded away as my friend’s words made more sense. Mom would be proud of me because I’ve managed to keep going despite some really tough months and moments when I thought I couldn’t go on without her here.