Washington Irving once said, "A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." This quote could not be truer. As I was growing up, my mom always told me "I can either be your parent or your friend. I cannot be both." This to me is untrue. When I was growing up, my mom, Cathy White, was always there for me through thick and thin. She was the person I went to when I needed help with homework or matters of the heart. As I have grown up, she has become more of a friend. She is someone I can confide in, and is someone I have always looked up to. If I turn out to be half the person that my mom is, I know I will have become successful in life. Mom is one of my truest friends, and I love her for that. - Kimberly White, North Cape May