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From the ParentMap Staff: Our Words of Wisdom from Mom

Alayne Sulkin, with family in 1965Alayne Sulkin, Publisher/Editor

Photo: With family, 1965

Combining my mom’s three favorite and often repeated proverbs helped to define the culture of our home: “If at first you don’t succeed . . .” “You can lead a horse to water . . .” “If you can’t say something nice . . .”

Known as having a “hard drive” well before the PC, my mother led by exemplary behavior. She was tenacious, optimistic, willful and of the highest integrity.

I do not recall my mother ever speaking unkindly or harshly to people (other than to my father!). It feels like she built the inner core of who I am and it is these traits for which I honor her — and I hope to pass these same traits on to my own kids.

Seeing double? Alayne is pictured on the right; her twin sister, Andrea, is on the left.

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