Your mom sounds like a sweetheart. I am angry for her regarding medicaid reluctance to cover her surgery.
Today in the grocery store parking lot a man walked past us as we were getting out of the van. He was wearing cowboy boots, cowboy hat, big belt buckle. Kai's jaw was on the ground in total amazement and he said, "MOM! A REAL COWBOY!" I thought the guy seemed a little annoyed as he only gave a small smile but then as we were walking in the store behind him Kai said, "I hope this store has hard biscuits and black coffee for this cowboy."
Then he laughed. He probably wonder wth I teach my children! Kai got that from a Magic Treehouse book Ghost Town at Sundown where Slim the cowboy gives Jack and Annie hard biscuits and black coffee and must say something about that being a cowboy meal.