"When I turned 35 years old, my doctor gave me the 'look' because I was still without child. As a result I got a referral for a fertility clinic to see how 'good' my eggs were. I then called my mom who had nine children of her own. She simply said, "Jully, do you want to be a mother? Or do you want to have a child? If you want to be a mother you have your entire life to do so because there are so many kids who need loving mothers. These two short questions changed the way I viewed myself as a woman."
"You are the reason I am who I am."
Evan Biddell, 31, fashion designer
"I've never told my mom that I think she was/is brave. When I was little she volunteered to be a t-ball coach. I'm pretty sure she knew nothing about t-ball but she did it anyway. Why? Probably because they needed coaches, because they asked, and/or she wanted to spend more time with me. I'm not sure, but it - any sport! - would have been WAY outside her comfort zone. She became a pretty great t-ball coach and I always liked that time that we spent together. Thanks mom."
Marnie McBean, 47, Olympic rower
"Anything I haven't told my mother by now should remain untold!"
Kathleen Wynne, 61, Premier
"My mom lives out of town and she'd be devastated if she knew that I don't shave my legs every day. She's very clean and put together."
Lisa Sheahan, 25, bartender
"My mom's not much of a baker. Last summer she made a watermelon tart and I told her that it was delicious but it's probably the grossest dessert I've ever had. Nothing about it made sense. Imagine a grainy watermelon Jello on a pie crust."
Julia Tuer, 31, copywriter
"When my brother and I were very young ... there was this beautiful, vintage urn in the bathroom. I was standing on it for some reason - probably to reach something - and I broke it down the centre and I completely blamed my brother. I convinced my mom it was him."
B. Stevens, 24, chef
"I was in eighth grade and (my sister) was in high school and we would sneak out on our balcony and watch the stars and drink (my mom's) wine. We thought it was terrible, but we thought it was so cool."
Tayler Braasch, 27, video editor
"I never told my mom that I smoke."
Gar O'Rourke, 25, videographer
"My mother was an incredible, dynamic and engaging person ... In her later years she suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The illness robbed her of her memories, personality and spark. In many respects, we lost her years before she actually left us. I became the chief of police for the city of Toronto after my mother died. I never had the chance to tell her and she would have been pleased."
Bill Blair, 61,
former Toronto police chief
"As hard as it is to believe, there is nothing my mother doesn't know about me. She knows about the time my sister and I had a house party in high school that involved some crazy-carpeting escapades down the stairs. She still knew, even after we repaired (and revarnished!) the damage before my parents got home. She knows about all of my speeding tickets. I told her the first (and last) time I tried smoking, and she promptly threw my pack of cherry Colts off a cliff (literally, we were in Whistler). She knows about every time I've been hurt by a ruthless comment. She knows every boy I've dated, and each time he told me he wasn't 'the one' until I finally met the one ... Even if there were something I had never told her, she would know."
Lights, 28, musician
"My mom thought that every time (my sister and I) were whispering, it was about her. So we used to do it four times a week where we would just sit there, right beside her (and whisper). It drives her crazy. She's like, 'Stop talking about me!' We're never talking about her, like, ever."
Sarah Jane Smith, 23,
"That I appreciate how hard she works for me. She woke up at four in the morning to get to work ... and got off at three just to take care of me after school when I was in elementary and high school."
Michael Deng, 21, student
"That she's really selfless. She works 40 hours a week and would still take us to swim classes and this and that. I'm working 40 hours but I'm too tired to go home and think about other people."
Babitha Thampinathan, 25
research cardiac sonographer
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