Alleged Drunk Driver Had Bearded Dragon Lizard In Her Bra, Police Say

A Massachusetts woman was arrested on Monday after she knocked over six mail boxes while driving drunk with a lizard in her bra, police said.

Amy Rebello-McCarthy, 39, was slurring her words when authorities in Taunton caught up with her and her crashed 1999 Mercedes C280.

The scene was not pretty:

But the situation only got more wild from there.

According to a police account posted to Facebook

Prior to transporting the parties to the police department Amy revealed that she was in possession of a Bearded Dragon Lizard. (You can?t make this stuff up)
Where does one hold a Bearded Dragon Lizard while driving you ask?
Answer: In their brassiere of course!! The Bearded Dragon Lizard was transferred to the Taunton Police Department and turned over to the Animal Control Officer.

And yes, there is a picture of that lizard:

Police also noted a male passenger with Rebello-McCarthy, who they said was carrying an airsoft replica of a semi-automatic weapon and was unable to ?recall his first or last name as he slurred his way through the conversation.?

Authorities later identified him as 22-year-old Marvin K. Kyewalyanga, according to WJAR.

Police said that Rebello-McCarthy flattened all four of her tires and ripped off both bumpers in the accident.

Rebello-McCarthy was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, driving to endanger, and marked lane violation.

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17 Adorable Photos Of This Toddler Dressed As Famous Icons

A lot of little kids love to play dress-up, but 3-year-old Scout Larson takes it to the next level.

The Florida toddler dresses up as famous icons like Carrie Fisher, Frida Kahlo, David Bowie, and Malala Yousafzai and recreates some of their classic photos.

Scout?s mom, Ashley Jinks Larson, told HuffPost her daughter has always loved wearing different outfits and costumes and posing for photo shoots. She said the icons project started after her own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. 

?I started doing the photos mostly to keep our minds busy while we were all dealing with a tough time,? the mom said. ?We shot mostly fierce women, because I wanted to replicate that strength in Scout. I wanted to have photos to show Scout that women are amazing and tough, just like her Nonnie (my mom). I?m happy to announce that my mom is cancer free now!?

Nothing says #girlpower quite like Frida Kahlo. #scoutstolemystyle

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Ashley posts Scout?s icon photos on an Instagram account she runs. To recreate the famous looks, the mom uses a combination of clothes they already have, borrowed items and new purchases.

Scout is a big fan of fashion. ?Right now, her big thing is rain boots,? said Ashley. ?Rain or shine, she?s wearing her rainbow-striped rain boots.?

The mom said her daughter is ?full of personality? and ?wears her heart on her sleeve.?

#twinning with the infinitely amazing @davidbowie #scoutstolemystyle

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?She is almost always laughing and her dimples are seriously the cutest thing ever,? she explained. ?I?d say my favorite thing about her, though, is her ability to make friends. Everywhere we go, she?s striking up a conversation.?

She added that the little girl is sweet and compassionate and tends to act like ?the little mommy? always looking out for her two brothers.

Ashley said she hopes people who see Scout?s photos see that girls can be ?fierce, funny, smart or whatever they decide they?d like to be.?

?In our society, it?s easy for women ? or anyone, honestly ? to think that beauty is the most important attribute a person can have,? the mom told HuffPost. ?I?m doing my best to teach Scout that intelligence and resilience are more important than looks.?

?Most of the time when I tell her that she?s beautiful, she corrects me and says ?I?m smart, too!?? Ashley added. ?She?s a pretty rad 3 year old!?

You know we had to twin with the gorgeous and hilarious @bettymwhite #ScoutStoleMyStyle #twinning #bettywhite

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Michael Moore Vows To Defeat Donald Trump With New Documentary

Michael Moore pledged Tuesday that his newly revealed documentary about Donald Trump will finally defeat the president.

Production of ?Fahrenheit 11/9? ? named for the date Trump was declared president-elect ? has already begun in a ?cloak of secrecy,? according to a news release distributed to outlets. The film will explore Trump?s victory over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and his turbulent tenure as the commander-in-chief.

?No matter what you throw at him, it hasn?t worked,? the filmmaker said in a statement. ?No matter what is revealed, he remains standing. Facts, reality, brains cannot defeat him. Even when he commits a self-inflicted wound, he gets up the next morning and keeps going and tweeting. That all ends with this movie.?

No release date is set, but producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein said Tuesday they had already purchased the rights, Entertainment Weekly noted. The Weinsteins served as executive producers on Moore?s Oscar-nominated ?Fahrenheit 9/11,? which examined the administration of former President George W. Bush and its war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Moore, who won an Oscar for his gun-violence documentary ?Bowling for Columbine,? also has a one-man show expected to open on Broadway this summer. He previously made the film ?Michael Moore in TrumpLand,? which he released in October.

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Katy Perry Chopped Off Her Hair For The Most Relatable Reason

Katy Perry?s recent buzzcut made fans compare her look to Justin Bieber. But as she revealed in an interview on Tuesday, the singer didn?t necessarily want to go that short ? she simply had to. 

During an appearance on ?The Ellen DeGeneres Show,? the ?Chained To The Rhythm? songstress explained the inspiration between her new ?do. 

?I did it about a month and change ago,? Perry said, before turning to speak to the studio audience. ?I don?t know if you?ve ever dyed your hair blonde ? and too blonde ? sometimes your hair falls out when you go too blonde. So, that?s the way I handled it.? 

The singer then said that her hair falling out (and subsequent haircut) was all a part of the universe?s plan. Plus, she said also gotten a few nice compliments on the cut. 

?People are saying, ?Now you can really see the beauty of your face,? Perry said, waving her hand toward Ellen?s face. ?Now I can really see how beautiful you are.? 

Sort of an awkward compliment, but nowhere near as awkward as Ellen forgetting the singer?s brief marriage to Russell Brand. Whoops! 

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No Joke, The Rock Leads Donald Trump In New Poll For 2020 Election

We finally know what the Rock is cooking: a presidential run.

It?s easy to laugh or raise a quizzical People?s Eyebrow when hearing Dwayne Johnson told GQ that running for president is ?a real possibility.? Now, it seems like President Rock could become a reality.

As reported by various outlets, according to a new national poll from Public Policy Polling looking at the 2020 Election, if Johnson (yes, that same guy you saw redirecting a torpedo in ?Fate of the Furious?) ran as a Democrat, he?d lead Trump. And not by a little.

Public Policy Polling recaps:

Johnson would lead Trump 42/37 in a prospective contest, and wins over 15% of people who supported Trump last fall.

No, that?s right, Donald. We?re just telling you what the poll says. 

Looking further into the data:

36% of voters see Johnson favorably to 13% with a negative view of him, although 50% of voters have no opinion about him either way. Both Democrats (38/15) and Republicans (31/17) see him positively.

Yep. According to these numbers, Dwayne ?The Rock? Johnson has the potential to win a presidential race.

The road to ?rock? the White House wouldn?t be easy. If he does run as a Democrat (and that?s a big if since Johnson didn?t endorse either candidate in the last election), the actor could be looking at a crowded ticket. 

Trump also trailed another number of hypothetical contests, including races against Joe Biden (54/40 deficit), Bernie Sanders (52/39 deficit), Elizabeth Warren (49/39), Al Franken (46/38) and Cory Booker (46/39).

But forget about those peeps. This is about our future president, Dwayne Johnson.

Our only question now is what kind of president he would be. Would it be the fun, hilarious Rock that we?ve come to know and love? Or would it be more like his ?SNL? character President The Rock Obama? 

We may actually find out in 2020 #RockTheWhiteHouse.

 

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Top U.S. Diplomat In Middle East Announces Retirement

The top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East has told colleagues that he has decided to retire, three U.S. officials said on Tuesday, the latest senior U.S. diplomat to leave the Trump administration.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones has extensive experience in the Middle East, having previously served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Jordan and as deputy chief of mission in Cairo.

Jones, 57, told colleagues the decision was his own and that he had not been pushed out or asked to leave the department.

?This is his own decision… There?s not been a falling out,? said one U.S. official who spoke on condition that he not be identified. ?There?s no story here, except another senior government official with real competence is leaving.?

Jones? case is different from those of two career foreign service officers, former undersecretaries of state Patrick Kennedy, the department?s top management official, and Thomas Countryman, its top arms control officer, who had risen to politically appointed jobs and were asked to leave in January.

The decision to accept their resignations was entirely within President Donald Trump?s rights, and there is usually turnover in such politically appointed jobs. But it constituted an abrupt departure for the two.

Former State Department counselor Kristie Kenney also left in February, further shrinking the senior ranks of the agency.

Jones was elevated to serve as acting assistant secretary of state responsible for the Middle East and had neither been offered the job on a permanent basis not told that he would not get it, said the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

This official said Jones was not asked to leave and wanted to make his plans known so there would not be speculation that he had been forced out.

Career diplomats with deep regional experience are typically chosen to run the State Department?s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Officials who fit that profile include Robert ?Steve? Beecroft, U.S. ambassador to Egypt; David Hale, U.S. ambassador to Pakistan; and Douglas Silliman, U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

A State Department spokesman had no immediate comment on Jones? planned retirement.

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Mo’Nique Says Lee Daniels, Oprah, Tyler Perry ‘Whiteballed’ Her

Mo?Nique hit the stage at the Apollo Theater on Monday night and took some time to call out director Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, and Tyler Perry for ?whiteballing? her from Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning actress was performing a comedy set when she went on a tangent about her damaged relationships with Daniels, Winfrey, and Perry. Mo?Nique starred in Daniel?s 2010 film ?Precious? and since then has only acted in four films, something she claims is because of their ?whiteballing.?

In a 2015 interview, she first brought up being ?blackballed? by the trio, saying that she had spoken to Daniels and he would not elaborate on what Mo?Nique did or did not do to be blackballed.

Daniels responded to those comments in The Hollywood Reporter by saying that Mo?Nique?s ?demands through ?Precious? were not always in line with the campaign? and that she ?soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.?

Now, during her set at the Apollo, Mo?Nique claimed that her being ?blackballed? is actually an incorrect term.

?What is that black dick connected to? That black man? So no, I was not blackballed. I was whiteballed by some black dicks who have no balls. Thank you, Mr. Lee Daniels. Thank you, Mr. Tyler Perry. Thank you, Ms. Oprah Winfrey…,? she said.

?See, I know they like to say, ?Mo?Nique, you talk too motherfuckin? much.? It would kill me not to say the real shit. You are not paying me equally. You are not treating me fairly, so you can suck my dick if I had one.?

Damn. She did not hold back at all.

Mo?Nique addressed the comments she made in her comedy set in an interview with TMZ later Monday with her husband Sidney Hicks by her side, saying she was ?not apologetic about it.?

Hicks clarified his wife?s vitriol towards Winfrey and Perry by saying, ?they stood by and they allowed the statements of her difficulty.? Mo?Nique added that the couple were ?not hiders.? 

Hmm… Your move, Lee, Oprah, and Tyler.

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Trump Reportedly Revealed Classified Info During Meeting With Russian Officials

President Donald Trump disclosed ?highly classified information? during a meeting with Russian officials last week, according to The Washington Post.

The revelations raise new questions about the already controversial meeting of Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak, who is the Russian ambassador to the U.S. While such a disclosure is likely not illegal, it raises concerns about both the consequences of Trump?s ad hoc style when interacting with foreign leaders and U.S. coordination with other nations on sensitive foreign policy issues.

Trump revealed information to the Russian visitors that ?jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State,? the Post reported Monday, citing current and former U.S. officials with ties to the administration. The publication did not elaborate on what the president?s disclosure entailed, due to its sensitive nature, but said the information came from a U.S. ally.

BuzzFeed later confirmed the report, adding that the Senate Intelligence Committee was also briefed on the disclosures. ?It?s far worse than what has already been reported,? one official reportedly told the outlet.

(Several Senate Intelligence Committee members told NPR?s Scott Detrow they had not been briefed on the disclosure.)

A White House spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment on whether Trump shared classified information with the Russian officials. However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement that Trump did not discuss sources, methods or military operations with Lavrov.

H.R. McMaster, Trump?s national security adviser, also disputed the report.

Read the full Washington Post report here

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers immediately voiced concern over the apparent intelligence disclosures.

?We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation?s secrets is paramount,? a spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement. ?The speaker hopes for a full explanation of the facts from the administration.?

?If it?s true, I would say it?s disturbing,? Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told CNN Monday evening. 

But McCain also told The Associated Press that Trump was within his rights to share the information. 

?If true, this is a slap in the face to the intel community. Risking sources & methods is inexcusable, particularly with the Russians,? said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

?Obviously they?re in a downward spiral right now and they?ve got to figure out a way to come to grips with all that?s happening,? Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters Monday.

Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) called the disclosure, if confirmed to be true, ?almost inconceivable.?

?We?re in ?Alice in Wonderland? territory here,? he said in a Monday evening interview on CNN.

?Our allies, if they tell us that information, they assume we?ll never relate that,? he added of the classified intelligence Trump reportedly shared with Russian officials. ?It would be almost inconceivable that any president would allow something of that nature out.?

Leahy acknowledged that the president has the authority to declassify information as he sees fit but that doing so and sharing it with the Russians would put America at risk.

?There is no way in God?s green earth you can say that makes us safer. It does not,? he said.

Trump had already received abundant criticism for the meeting in the Oval Office ? including disapproval that it happened one day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating his administration?s alleged ties to Russia.

Trump was also attacked for allowing a photographer for the Russian state news agency TASS to cover the meeting, which American media had been barred from attending.

The White House said it had been misled, but the Russian photographers? access to the Oval Office sparked questions about a possible security breach. ?Deadly serious Q: Was it a good idea to let a Russian gov photographer & all their equipment into the Oval Office?? tweeted Colin Kahl, deputy national security adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden.

While the president has the power to declassify virtually any information, some considered the allegation that Trump revealed highly classified information ironic, given the president?s own war on leaks. He?s accused individuals who have revealed damaging information about him to the press of being ?un-American? and of acting ?just like Russia.? He?s also called on the Justice Department to investigate ?criminal leaks? and accused former President Barack Obama, without any evidence, of leaking information.

And throughout the presidential campaign, Trump frequently criticized his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state, which had raised concerns over her handling of classified information. He went so far as to pledge to prosecute Clinton if he won, a promise he quickly dropped after the election.

Monday?s report is the latest in a series of revelations detailing Trump?s unpredictable style while interacting with foreign counterparts.

In a span of one week in January, the president hung up on Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after attacking a plan to resettle refugees in the U.S. as ?the worst deal ever.? The day before, he had a testy diplomatic call with Enrique Peña Nieto, in which Trump reportedly told the Mexican president he was ready to send U.S. troops to stop ?bad hombres down there? if the Mexican military didn?t step up. Later that week, Trump also picked a fight with Iran on Twitter: ?Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile. Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!?

Those unscripted responses, in some cases even when dealing with longtime U.S. allies, have raised questions in foreign capitals about how reliable of an ally the U.S. under Trump might be.

Experts have raised concerns that a lack of confidence in U.S. leadership may jeopardize cooperation in the fight against the self-described Islamic State, also known as ISIS, at a critical time in the fight against the militant group.

Last week, the Trump administration confirmed the U.S. would start arming Kurdish YPG fighters to support their planned assault on Raqqa, ISIS? stronghold in Syria.

The decision drew fierce condemnation from Turkey, which views the YPG militia as the Syrian extension of the Kurdish PKK militant group, which Ankara has battled since 1984.

Trump is set to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday at the White House.

Igor Bobic contributed reporting.

This is a developing story and has been updated with more reactions and information on classified disclosures and foreign policy concerns.

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A Black Lesbian Horror Film From ‘Get Out’ Producer Is In The Works

Screenwriter Dee Rees is to heart-rending films about black lesbians as producer Jason Blum is to eerily relevant social horror movies ? and the two are joining forces for what should be a one-of-a-kind movie that speaks to the terror of homophobia, sexism and racism, at the very least. 

Rees is the director of the 2011 Sundance film ?Pariah,? about a young black lesbian coming to terms with her sexuality and familial rejection, and the Golden Globe-nominated biopic ?Bessie? about 1920s queer blues singer Bessie Smith. Blum produced the second highest-grossing R-rated horror film in North American history with 2017?s ?Get Out,? a social thriller that intertwines components of the genre with the experience of being black in America.  

Both have mastered the art of using cinema as insight into painful everyday American realities, and, according to a New York Times Magazine article published Thursday, will soon be combining their storytelling talents. 

Blum, who is a fan of Rees? critically acclaimed Sundance movie ?Mudbound,? said Rees recently pitched a horror film centered on a black lesbian couple who just moved to the countryside together, and he was all for it. 

They met at a recent event in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel Air, where both gave speeches to a room of Sundance Institute benefactors. After Rees and Blum both spoke to the other?s brilliance, they connected after Blum?s speech for a meeting of minds. 

Rees? pitch to Blum went as follows: ?You?ve got me and my wife, two black lesbians, and when we first moved in, we fought every day over all these little things: ?Why is this over there? Did you move that???? she said. 

?Maybe it was a ghost,? Rees continued. ?Or maybe it was some other force ? like us not wanting to be there or fitting in. Anyway, that?s my horror-movie pitch,? Rees said.

Blum was sold. Just a few weeks later, the two met for lunch and began talking business. 

?I can?t tell you how rare it is that people mean what they say in this business,? Rees told writer Ryan Bradley of Blum. ?He?s just letting me make the best possible version of what I want to make.?

We don?t know how long this will take, but in the meantime, let?s imagine Jordan Peele is somewhere satisfying a screenwriting itch. 

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A Reminder For Everyone: Everyday Should Be Mother’s Day

This is for all the mother?s out there ? those with mental or physical illnesses, those who are addicts or prisoners, those who are absent in their children?s lives, those who live everyday sacrificing their lives for their children, and those who are watching their children from heaven above.

There is something that is so special about Mother?s Day, and it is the reminder that your mother gave birth to you. Even if you think were an ?accident? or ?mistake? or you?ve been told that, remind yourself that you were born out of your mother?s womb, and that is a gift in itself ? a truly beautiful miracle. What?s even better is knowing that life gave the gift of you. Nothing is an accident because God is directing each one of your steps, and you are the best hope for the future.

So, for those whose mothers sacrifice everything for you: Although, I really value the thought behind Mother?s Day, I believe that recognition and everything that your mother has done for you should make that turn every day into Mother?s Day.

Naturally, when we have a mother, as young children, we depend on our moms for everything. As teenagers, we start to retaliate when things do not go our way. And, as we finally get older, we slowly start to realize the significance of a mother. Sometimes, we forget how much our moms have done for us. Some of us grow up thinking our mothers will never understand our struggles, but the truth is some mothers invest time making sure we never understand theirs.

Remember, the nights your mom stayed up putting you to sleep, the time she took wiping your nose, bottom, and tears, the nights she stayed up late helping with your homework. the nights she spent taking care of you when you were sick while she was probably even more sick with worry? There are countless reminders I can give, but the lesson to be learned is to not take these small things for granted because truthfully, even the smallest gestures will make these kind of mothers the happiest.

It is easy to take these kind of mothers for granted. It?s easy to get bogged down by the constant demands of being a mother, but that is why part of the reason that some these multi-faceted mothers know that part of being a mother is also about finding joy in the smallest gestures that your kids make to show you that they appreciate you every single day, not ONLY on mother?s day.

For those of you who are put in unfortunate situations where your mother has a mental or physical illness: be thankful and grateful. It?s silly to ask you to do that, right?

Oh Love, be thankful for this illness because it can inspire you to spend more time with the woman who brought you into this world. It can help you see the value in slowing things down and not taking any day for granted, which most of us do. Notice, that these illnesses can bring life into your family relationships, reinforce appreciation for the undying power of love, and strengthen your bond and connection with your mother. It can make you truly believe in God?s perfectly imperfect way of order and how he has structured the universe in a way that not even an illness can touch the permanent love and laughter, the endless amount of hugs and kisses, and the wonderful memories that have been created and shared.

For those whose moms are prisoners, addicts, or have abandoned you from your life: it?s teaching you the lesson of true strength and forgiveness. Naturally, when you are put in this kind of situation, Mother?s Day becomes just another day because of the emotional exhaustion and trauma you have been put through. Its difficult because you don?t want to be reminded of anything having to do with your mom.

Just know that I have the upmost admiration and respect for you. Forgiving isn?t easy, but it?s definitely sweeter than revenge. It allows one to taste the sweetness of peace in his or her heart. Forgive, because like chains shackling you to the past, you will no longer pollute your heart with bitterness, fear, distrust, or anger. Forgive, because that hate is just another way of holding on and that you don?t belong in that place anymore. Forgive, because you are setting a prisoner free or drug addict free and allowing yourself the opportunity to discover that the whole time the prisoner or addict was you. Our hurt will be prolonged, and like a wound that is infected, it gets worse as time goes by if we don?t choose to forgive. When you forgive, you grow, your heart begins to heal, your back straightens up as you stand tall with strength, and your eyes clear so that you can see the bright road ahead. Remember, forgiveness is an attribute of the strong, and that strength means you have the ability to overcome resentment against others, including the resentment you have for your mom who abandoned you when you needed her the most.

For those whose mothers are in heaven watching you down from above: make her proud. Use your imagination of what your mother was like as motivation to surpass any obstacle that is thrown your way. Be reminded of the importance of seeing the value in memories that you shared, even if it is slightly vague or all that you have left are remains of an old photograph. Look into the stillness of the photograph, and remember, that photos are a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone. Remember, to look around like you are in the stillness of that photograph. In that stillness is where you can find the enchanting, simple little things that life has to offer you. There?s a sort of beauty in making something out of what seems to be nothing. There?s a sort of beauty in breaking out of the clutter to discover and create a glorious vision of your own world. I know, Mother?s Day will remind you of your loss, but you are given more strength that you could ever attain in a lifetime so be proud of reaching that milestone because I?m sure your guardian angel is watching over you and smiling.

I know some of you may be thinking that it is so easy for me to write this when I have been blessed and fortunate with a mother who has done everything for me. She?s emotional, yet my rock. She gets tired, yet she keeps going. She gets worried, but is full of hope. She has every right to be impatient, yet she?s patient. She gets overwhelmed, but she never quits. She is extraordinary, even in chaos. She?s a life changer, every single day. Even though I acknowledge all these things now, believe me when I say that I?ve taken her for granted many times, and I wish I never had. I?m vulnerable, just like you. But just remember, we are all given different situations and thrown curveballs at different points in our lives, and I truly believe that everything in life is a blessing in disguise.

So, to all the mothers out there: remember it?s not what mothers do for their children, but it?s what you?ve taught them to do for themselves, whether you are present or absent from your children?s life. For all the children out there: Sometimes, it?s NOT what you get for what you go through, but it?s what you BECOME of it. Regardless of how your mother is, there?s always a lesson to be learned from her, and you should be thankful to your mom for that because I sure know that I am.

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