Even though you don't want us to make a big fuss about today, I'm going to anyhow.
You see, it's not everyday that someone as amazing as you turns seventy. And, that's just it. For the last seventy years, you've graced this earth and you've touched and inspired thousands of students and colleagues and you've been a great friend and family member.
But, luckily for me, you've been my mother. You've taught me about the ups and downs of life and that to muddle through, I must take things bird by bird. You've inspired me to become a great teacher, and to always be willing to learn more. And, that being a teacher is not about a hat that you wear, but rather it's who you are. You've shown me that to be a caring mother, I've must nurture my children and cherish them for who they are. And mostly, you've taught me that to be passionate about something is to fight for it and to never blindly accept things without asking questions.
I feel so fortunate to be here in the same country, celebrating this special day with you. And, though you always tell people when they give you gifts that they didn't need to, like me, they all recognize that in fact they should. You are worth celebrating and I love you.