Eastcoastmom... Condolences to you and all you missed as a younger mother. I'm guessing that your Mom was glad you brought her to the party, despite the struggles she faced. I'm guessing she was happy to be there to share the day with you. 24 years is no different from one year when it comes to a missing a mother's love. My heart goes out to you for the longing you've carried for those years.
Famita, forgot to say how happy I am for you that you still have your Mom in your life. A bit of wistful envy going on at the same time, but mostly just a heart full of happiness for you!