Back then I thought that my mother was taking the easy route by telling me, "You can do anything you decide to do, Annette". I realize now the impact that it has had on my life. We all go through low times, heavy with chaos, fear or loss, but what makes us come out on the other side intact is the confidence that our parents instilled. Parents can always push harder, watch closer, stand over shoulders and make us practice more, but the courage they inspire is what makes us have the confidence to take the first step. Take the time to pour a cup of spirit for your child, and thank the one who fed your confidence.