Luv ya mom.
For what it is worth, mom was always the cool mom that all my friends liked. She bought me my first D&D set. She had no problem when the guys came up to take over the dining room table for Axes and Allies. She took us to SciFi conventions for years while I was growing up, made dinner for the gaming group when I was in college and generally not only embraced the fact i was a geek but encouraged it.
She was a firefighter and paramedic for most of my childhood. We moved around a lot and life was not always easy but she did good by me and my brother. She is pretty awesome and I wish her a happy birthday. She is on LJ so she will see this so this seemed as good a place to say such.
Happy Birthday mom.