For our friends, the someday moms: May you learn lessons from the moms around you. What to do and what not to do. For our friends, the gestating moms: May the first and last trimesters go by with ease. May you take the sleep when you can get it. May you savor the miracle. For our friends, the laboring moms: May your OB be on duty when you go into labor and free with the drugs. May your coach know his place is to shut up and shovel the ice chips. For our friends, the brand new moms: May your baby sleep in long stretches. May you shower most days. May your husband have a great paternity leave policy. For our friends, the mothers of newborns: May your child find a schedule. May he take a bottle, when necessary. May you be there for her first smile. For our friends, the mothers of infants: May your child sleep through the night. May she be allergy-free. May he be an "easy baby". For our friends, the mothers of toddlers: May your child not figure out how to open the child proof locks. May she not share food with the dog, then put it back in her mouth. May he not hit the terrible twos before his first birthday. For our friends, the mothers of preschoolers: May potty training last days, not months. May she not suffer from separation anxiety on the first day of preschool. May he always like you better than his teacher. For our friends, the mothers of kindergarteners: May your child adjust beautifully to big kid school. May the teacher recognize the uniqueness and individual gifts of your child. For our friends, the mothers of elementary schoolers: May your child neither bully nor be bullied. May she love learning in all its forms. For our friends, the mothers of tweens: May your child find his own moral compass. May friends, music, and the internet not steal the precious years of childhood innocence. For our friends, the mothers of high schoolers: May your children's deeds make you proud. May you be their mother first and their friend, second. For our friends, the mothers of college students: May your children remember your lessons as they take their first fledgling steps to independence. May they make good decisions and know their own minds. For our friends, the mothers of adults: May your children grow to be intelligent, loving, kind, good, hardworking, humorous parents. And may they take good care of us as we grow old. For all of us: Though the days are long, the years are short. May we treasure the good ones and run down the clock on the bad ones with humor and love and friendship.